The White Sox must seek a manager outside the organization
What started as a promising run as manager of the Chicago White Sox quickly turned sour for Miguel Cairo as the team was swept by the Cleveland Guardians, then the Detroit Tigers, followed by the abandonment of the top two games in their series with the Minnesota Twins that eliminated them from playoff contention.
The White Sox looked like a team that dropped out of the season after the Guardians series and unfortunately that’s not just about the players but also the coaches.
Cairo failed to get the team out of the funk they found themselves in until they snapped their season-high eight-game losing streak on Thursday when they dominated the Twins 4-3.
Following their sweep at the hands of the Tigers, Cairo called the team game “unacceptable” and did not rule out a lack of effort as a contributing factor to the team’s poor performance.
“You can put it either way. Execution. Effort. All, Cairo said.
Unfortunately, a team’s lack of effort can be blamed on the manager and while the club underperformed with Tony La Russa at the helm, the team also spat out when they needed to be at their best under Cairo. Managers usually lose their jobs when teams throw in the towel.
A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the White Sox over what to do with their managerial situation for next season. Reports indicate that La Russa is not back on the bench due to his health issues and that opens the door for possibly a number of different candidates.
The Chicago White Sox need something big from their manager in 2023.
What might be the best option for the White Sox is to look for a new manager outside the organization. Club ties seem to be Jerry Reinsdorf’s way of doing business and it just hasn’t paid off as fans hoped.
Team president Kenny Williams has been in the front office for more than 20 years while general manager Rick Hahn arrived in 2002.
In that time, the team produced just one title and went through six managers (Don Cooper managed two games), with Jerry Manuel being the only one with no connection to the club when he took over. raises.
Under the Reinsdorf/Williams/Hahn regime, the “White Sox Way” was not a winning model of consistency, nor a model that other organizations would like to emulate.
The White Sox have hovered around the .500 mark for the past 20 years, serving as an example of mediocrity rather than superiority.
It’s time for Williams and Hahn to think outside the box for the next manager. A new voice could be the type of thing the team needs to get the most out of the roster.
While some fans have thrown out the names of AJ Pierzynski and Ozzie Guillen, avoiding the past could be what helps the team move forward into the future. Pierzynski has no previous managerial experience and Guillen’s return could be more of a distraction than an asset.
Reinsdorf’s penchant for caring for those who have been loyal to him has been more of a hindrance than a help for the White Sox.
The rental of La Russa (which had Reinsdorf’s fingerprints everywhere) turned out to be a failure and finding another one in the organizational tree might not inspire confidence in a fan base that has been more than disappointed in the team this season.
The window of opportunity for the White Sox could be closing much faster than many thought. Management needs to find someone with new ideas and a track record of success who can take this team to a championship.
Bruce Botchy’s name has been thrown around, but there are others like Mike Schildt and Don Mattingly who have managed ball clubs or Sandy Alomar Jr. who was understudy for the highly successful Terry Francona in Cleveland.
Alomar spent time playing for the White Sox, but his time with Francona could prove invaluable to the ball club.
The White Sox are in a tough spot with plenty of questions that need to be answered before the start of next season. Getting the right manager ranks high on the priority list if the team is serious about winning a title.