(670 The Score) Like the team’s fan base and many across the MLB landscape, White Sox ace Lucas Giolito has been following the organization’s managerial search intently since Rick Renteria was fired on Oct. 12.
And what Giolito wants in the team’s next manager closely dovetails with what general manager Rick Hahn has expressed the team needs.
“A manager that has a lot of experience, especially in the playoffs,” Giolito said in an interview with Danny Parkins and Cody Decker on Wednesday evening. “Managing a bullpen, managing starters, in-game decisions, whether that be bunts, hit-and-runs, all those kinds of things when the pressure is really turned up – someone that has a lot of experience in those areas.
“As far as the clubhouse is concerned, I think we have a fantastic clubhouse. I don’t think that there really needs to be much work done there.”
Renteria was often criticized for his strategical decisions during his four-year tenure as White Sox manager. He came under fire most notably for his decisions in the deciding Game 3 of the wild-card round series on Oct. 1, when the White Sox's season ended with a 6-4 loss to the Athletics. Renteria pulled starting right-hander Dane Dunning with two outs in the bottom of the first inning despite the Athletics not having scored a run yet, and he later inserted struggling left-hander Carlos Rodon into a key situation, and Oakland capitalized to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Giolito added it was “tough” to see Renteria’s departure.
“I really, really liked Ricky … Ricky was a huge part of that in kind of injecting that confidence in us and teaching us the ins and outs of the game,” Giolito said. “But it’s a business, things happen.”
The White Sox have interviewed 76-year-old Tony La Russa for the job. A Hall of Famer with three World Series titles to his name, La Russa hasn’t managed since leaving the Cardinals after the 2011 season, but he has gone so far as to ask those close to him about their interest in joining his staff if he were to return, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported.
The White Sox have also interviewed other candidates, sources previously told 670 The Score without disclosing the identities of those individuals.