10/31/2011 11:03 AM ET
White Sox name Jeff Manto, Joe McEwing and Mark Parent to Major League Coaching Staff
The Chicago White Sox have named Jeff Manto as the club's hitting coach, Joe McEwing as third base coach and Mark Parent as bench coach.
Manto, 47, has spent the last four seasons as the White Sox minor-league hitting coordinator. He spent five years (2003-07) in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, including the final two as hitting coach at the major-league level. Under his guidance, Freddy Sanchez led the National League with a .344 batting average in 2006.
Manto played in 289 games over nine major-league seasons with Cleveland (1990-91, '97-99), Philadelphia (1993), Baltimore (1995), Boston (1996), Seattle (1996), Detroit (1998), the Yankees (1999) and Colorado (2000). A career .230 (164-713) hitter, he homered in four consecutive at-bats with the Orioles from June 8-10, 1995.
McEwing, 39, has spent the last four seasons in the White Sox player development system, including 2011 as manager at Class AAA Charlotte, leading the Knights to a 69-74 record. He currently is managing the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
McEwing joined the Sox organization in 2008 as Charlotte hitting coach before managing Class A Winston-Salem in 2009-10, leading the Dash to a 154-123 record and a pair of Carolina League playoff appearances.
McEwing played nine seasons in the major leagues with St. Louis (1998-99), the Mets (2000-04), Kansas City (2005) and Houston (2006). He batted .251 (443-1,767) in 754 games and finished sixth in the 1999 NL Rookie of the Year voting.
Parent, 50, spent the 2011 season as manager at Class AA Reading in the Philadelphia organization, guiding the club to a 74-68 record and a berth in the Eastern League playoffs. He was cited by Baseball America as the Best Manager Prospect in the EL. In his first season in the Phillies system, Parent led Class A Lakewood to the 2010 South Atlantic League Championship and was named manager of the SAL postseason All-Star Team.
Parent spent 13 seasons (1986-98) in the major leagues with San Diego, Texas, Baltimore, Chicago-NL, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Philadelphia. He batted .214 (279-1,303) with 53 home runs and 168 RBI in 474 games. Parent appeared in 11 games with the Orioles in the 1996 postseason.
Following his playing career, Parent managed one season (2000) for Class A Lancaster in the Seattle player development system, earning California League Manager of the Year honors. After a four-year hiatus from baseball, he returned to manage Chico (Calif.) of the Golden Baseball League from 2005-07, guiding the Outlaws to a league title in his final season.