CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — The Chicago White Sox completed their coaching staff under new manager Pedro Grifol on Tuesday by hiring Cuban Jose Castro as hitting coach and Eddie Rodriguez as first base coach.
They announced Chris Johnson as assistant hitting coach, Mike Tosar as Major League Baseball fielding coordinator, and Geoff Head as director of game performance. Daryl Boston returned as first base coach.
Castro spent the last eight seasons with Atlanta as an assistant hitting coach and was part of the staff that won the 2021 World Series with the Braves. The 64-year-old was a coach with the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and a minor league hitting instructor for 24 years with the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.
Rodriguez, 63, has 40 years of coaching experience, the last three as a minor league field coordinator with Kansas City. He was the Royals’ third base coach from 2011–13 and had a similar role with Toronto (1998) and Arizona (2002–03). He also coached first base with Seattle (2008) and Arizona (2001) and bench coach with Montreal (2004) and Washington (2005–06).
The White Sox previously announced that they would retain pitching coach Ethan Katz and bullpen coach Kurt Hassler, as well as hiring former Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo as bench coach.
Grifol will replace Hall of Famer Tony La Russa. The White Sox finished second in the AL Central with an 81–81 record and missed the post-season after winning the division the year before.