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White Sox add Willie Harris as minor league coach

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White Sox add Willie Harris as minor league coach

Aaron Rowand has company in the coaching ranks as the White Sox have hired former 2005 teammate Willie Harris to be a hitting coach.

Harris, who played for the White Sox from 2002-05, will begin his coaching career at Advanced Rookie Great Falls. Earlier this offseason, the White Sox announced that Rowand would assume the role of minor-league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

The franchise also announced that five of its minor-league managers are set to return this season.

Julio Vinas has been named manager at Triple-A Charlotte after spending the previous three season at Double-A Birmingham. Joel Skinner is headed to Single-A Winston-Salem after four seasons in Charlotte. Last season’s Great Falls manager Cole Armstrong is headed to Single-A Kannapolis. And Tommy Thompson takes over at Great Falls after he managed at Kannapolis last year.

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Mike Gellinger also returns as the manager of the Arizona Rookie League club.

An assistant coach at Charlotte the past two seasons, Ryan Newman takes over at Birmingham.

A pitcher in the system from 2004-14, Matt Zaleski has been named pitching coach at Great Falls.

Harris appeared in 313 games for the White Sox. He hit .246/.314/.302 and stole 49 bases in 938 plate appearances. Harris scored the winning run in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.