Pedro Grifol

Reports: White Sox will hire Pedro Grifol, Royals coach, as their next manager

The Chicago White Sox have appointed their next manager.

According to The Associated Press Tuesday, Pedro Grifol, Kansas City Royals bench coach, is replacing Tony La Russa. ESPN first reported the news.

La Russa revealed his plans to retire from the White Sox in October.

Chicago has just come off an 81-win campaign, but they also lost 81 games. The 2022 MLB playoffs were not available to the White Sox. The team won 93 games last year and was awarded the AL Central title.

La Russa was unable to be in the dugout during the final 34 games of this season due to health problems.

Grifol was part of the Kansas City Royals team for the past 10 years and held various coaching positions throughout his tenure. Grifol was with the Royals when they won the World Series in 2015.

Grifol served as Royal’s bench coach during the last three seasons.

Grifol expressed interest in the manager role after Mike Matheny was fired following a 65-97. Instead, Kansas City hired Matt Quatraro on October 30.

Quatraro was previously the Tampa Bay Rays bench coaching coach. He will now be charged with turning around a team that has suffered six consecutive losing seasons.

Grifol gained extensive experience as a manager, scout, and coach in the Seattle Mariners organization over his 13-year tenure. Grifol was a catcher for the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins minor leagues.

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