The Chicago White Sox have asked for and been granted permission to speak with Phillies minor-league manager Mark Parent about a job on their major league coaching staff, according to a baseball source.
Parent is the manager of the AA-Reading. Is Parent being considered for the bench coach job? Kenny said he’ll likely stay in-house for the hitting coach, but he’d ask for permission to speak to the bench coach guy Ventura wants.
While minor league director Buddy Bell has been adamant about never wanting to manage again, Williams initially misspoke and implied Bell would be on Ventura’s staff, then caught himself and said the executive staff would be supportive. That doesn’t lock in Bell as the guy the White Sox are seeking permission from (the Kansas City Royals) to become bench coach, but it does shoot him to the top of the list.
Other White Sox links:
- James writes about Chris Sale and moving him to the rotation.
- Bob Nightengale reports that Arizona was awarded a claim on Paul Konerko on August, but Kenny Williams’ included rookie 1B Paul Goldschmidt among his demands and the talks died.
- Mike talks about the Sox naming Robin Ventura as their manager.