(CBS) The White Sox have named Joe McEwing the team’s new bench coach, they announced Friday.
McEwing fills the vacancy created when Rick Renteria was promoted from bench coach to manager following Robin Ventura’s exit at season’s end. The 44-year-old McEwing has been the team’s third-base coach for the past five seasons and previously worked in the White Sox’s minor league system from 2008-’11.
“I am very excited to continue working with Joe in his new role as our club’s bench coach,” Renteria said in a statement. “Joe’s tireless work ethic, extensive baseball acumen and high-energy personality will continue to be an important part of our team’s preparation next season. Joe has proven himself to be a key member of our coaching staff as well as an important teacher to our players.”
Nick Capra, 58, will now be Chicago’s third-base coach. He’s entering his 22nd year in the White Sox organization and his first on the big league staff. Most recently, he was the club’s director of player development.
Curt Hasler, 51, has been named the White Sox’s new bullpen coach. He has worked as a pitching coach/instructor in the White Sox system for 25 seasons, most recently serving as the club’s pitching coordinator.
The White Sox haven’t said whether former bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen will remain with the organization.
The White Sox confirmed that first-base coach Daryl Boston, pitching coach Don Cooper, bullpen catcher Mark Salas, hitting coach Todd Steverson and assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks will all return in 2017.