Kenny Williams pressed his luck and rounded out new White Sox manager Robin Ventura's coaching staff on Monday.
Jeff Manto was taken on as hitting coach, Mark Parent hired as bench coach and Joe McEwing selected as third base coach.
Manto was the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006-07. During those two years, the Pirates batted .263, which had them finishing tenth in the National League. What kind of improvement is that? Last year, the White Sox hit .253 under Greg Walker.
Manto will earn his salary if he improves last year's struggle buddies Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham. They hit a collective .209 in 2011 and slumped since opening day.
Mark Parent seemed to be the best addition of the bunch, including Ventura. Parent was a manager in the minor league system of the Philadelphia Phillies for two years. He led the Redding Phillies to two Eastern League playoff runs.
Ventura will need to use Parent to aid his inexperience as a manager. Parent was also selected as top manager prospect by Baseball America. Ventura was a volunteer hitting coach for a high school in California before replacing Ozzie Guillen.
McEwing was Triple-A Charlotte's manager for the 2011 season and the two years prior, he was at the helm in Winston-Salem in A ball. His managerial record is 223-197 which stands 223 games better than Ventura.
Kenny Williams is taking a chance with his own future with the White Sox. He has a hired manager with absolutely no experience and a hitting coach that hasn't done much better than the guy he replaced.
Parent could prove to be a success, but a successful bench coach and third base coach will not save Williams' job.
The South Side faithful are tired of being close, but these selections Williams has made could possibly set us back even more.
Was this a good move or will Kenny's luck run out and get run out of town? Time will only tell.
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