Joel Skinner, who spent last season as the bench coach for the A’s, has been named as the manager of the White Sox Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte, N.C. Skinner spent nine seasons on the Indians’ Major League staff, with stints as the third-base coach, interim manager and bench coach. Skinner appeared in 564 games as a catcher with the White Sox (1983-86), Yankees (1986-88) and Indians (1989-91).
Other moves are Tim Laker will be the Minor League roving hitting instructor, Andy Tomberlin will be the hitting coach at AAA-Charlotte, Brandon Moore will be the hitting coach at AA Birmingham, and Bobby Thigpen will be the pitching coach at AA-Birmingham. Van Schouwen has a rundown of the Sox developmental instructors.
Other White Sox links:
- James explains how the draft provisions in baseball’s next CBA could be moving the rest of the league to the White Sox way and gives us Kenny Williams tickle index.
- J.J. can’t understand why is there speculation that Alejandro De Aza won’t be the Sox leadoff hitter in 2012. Damn right. And Kenny better not have any Chone Figgins plans.
- THT’s Jeffrey Gross looks on the White Sox off-season.
- Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron says John Danks is a left-handed Edwin Jackson.