It’s going to be important for the next coaching staff to be able to communicate directly with players,” Hahn said. Being able to bond with players, motivate players and create relationships with players is important for any skilled manager. Being able to do that in their native language is a positive toward helping that happen, but it’s not necessarily essential.
The Chicago White Sox conducted an interview with Tony La Russa and view him as a "top candidate" to replace manager Rick Renteria, according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. La Russa, 76, has spoken with general manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Kenny Williams in recent days. Levine noted the club hopes to have a new manager in place within the next two weeks.
Hoping to counter the Twins' Nelson Cruz as they prepared to make the move up in the AL Central this season, the White Sox signed Edwin Encarnacion to a one-year contract on Jan. 9. Like Cruz, Encarnacion is a veteran right-handed designated hitter. Among active leaders heading into the season, the 37-year-old Encarnacion ranked No.