White Sox announce Tony La Russa's staff, with Miguel Cairo serving as new bench coach


(670 The Score) The White Sox on Tuesday officially revealed new manager Tony La Russa’s staff, which will be headlined by Miguel Cairo serving as his bench coach and Ethan Katz becoming the new pitching coach.

Cairo, 46, joins the White Sox after serving as an infield coordinator in the Yankees’ system for the last three years. Prior to that, he worked a special assistant in the Reds’ front office from 2013-’17. Cairo had a 17-year MLB playing career.

Katz, 37, most recently served as a Giants assistant pitching coach this past season, and he also has ties to White Sox ace Lucas Giolito. Katz was a coach at Harvard-Westlake School in California when Giolito played there coming up through the prep ranks. The two have maintained a close relationship since.

Katz worked in the organizations of the Angels and Mariners before joining the Giants. He pitched in the low levels of the minor leagues himself from 2005 to 2008 before turning to coaching.

The other new addition is Howie Clark, who will serve as the White Sox's assistant hitting coach after being hired as the hitting coach at Triple-A Charlotte prior to the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season. Clark served as the Orioles' assistant hitting coach from 2017-'19.

Frank Menechino will return as the White Sox’s hitting coach for his second season with the organization. Curt Hasler will return as an assistant pitching coach for his fifth season with the White Sox.

Daryl Boston is back as the club's first-base coach, while Joe McEwing will become the White Sox's third-base coach after serving as former manager Rick Renteria's bench coach for the past four seasons. McEwing was former manager Robin Ventura's third-base coach from 2012-'16.

The White Sox have also hired Shelley Duncan as an analytics coordinator for La Russa. Duncan, 41, served as the Blue Jays' major league field coordinator in 2019 after managing in the Diamondbacks' minor league system from 2015-'18.