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Looking ahead: Coaching staff

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Looking ahead: Coaching staff

While the White Sox initially promised that new manager Robin Venturas coaching staff would be unveiled along with him on Tuesday, that wasnt the case.

Were still going through that as far as the personalities and the people and who Im comfortable with, Ventura said. Its still in the process.

GM Ken Williams did confirm a sort of amoebic coaching staff, where roles and duties arent so clearly defined. That begins with Harold Baines, one of the only other holdovers from Guillens staff, who will again man first base but see his duties expand.

With the staff were putting together, Harolds role will remain first base coach and working with outfielders, the GM said. But with the names were talking about internally, it will fit together such that Harold will be putting more time into the mental side of some of our hitters approaches. He was pretty good at hitting, and remains a valuable asset in that area. But he will take a greater role along those linesas will Robin. Thats what I mean by a coaching staff that will work together. Its all intertwined, not just on one guy to solve the problems of our hitters for example.

As for concrete names beyond Don Cooper as pitching coach Baines at first base, and Juan Nieves and Mark Salas in the bullpen, the rumor mill has Philadelphia Phillies Double-A manager Mark Parent as having the inside track for bench coach and White Sox Triple-A manager Joe McEwing taking over as third-base coach.

The main area of contention is as hitting coach, with two candidates, Jeff Manto and Tim Laker, as frontrunners.

Its up in the air as to who the hitting coach is, Ventura said. Obviously we want to start narrowing it down. I need guys that can work with players and make them confident, when they go to the plate and know what hes talking about. All those things sound clich. Were trying to win games, so it should be a guy who knows what hes doing and guys trust him.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information. CSNChicago staff contributed to this report.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

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White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.