Happy Fourth of July! Before a day of eating, drinking and baseball, catch up on the top Chicago sports stories:
Daniel Palka spoke with Chuck Garfien about a whole bunch of topics.
Losing weight this offseason and how he's done it (3:15), the Chicago Bears losing in the playoffs (5:48), why he walks around with a baseball bat wherever he goes (11:05), his connection with White Sox fans and the South Side of Chicago (16:10), his humorous Twitter feed (20:25), his Uber driver asking if he can use his bathroom (28:00), going to his first SoxFest this year (33:12), his conversation this offseason with hitting coach Todd Steverson (40:18), why he loves Roberto Clemente (44:05) and much more.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
White Sox Talk Podcast
The White Sox minor league coaching staffs are in place for the 2019 season.
The most notable move on this front is something Our Chuck Garfien reported last month during the Winter Meetings. Omar Vizuqel was promoted from the manager of Class A Winston-Salem and is now the skipper at Double-A Birmingham.
Vizquel won the Carolina League's Manager of the Year honors after leading the Dash to an 84-54 record in 2018. He managed Dylan Cease, Luis Robert, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, Luis Gonzalez, Gavin Sheets and Nick Madrigal and will get the opportunity to manage many of those players again this season at Birmingham.
Vizquel, who spent two of his 24 major league seasons with the White Sox, is gaining experience now that could help him land a big league managerial job someday.
Joining Vizquel as minor league managers in the White Sox system this season are Mark Grudzielanek (Triple-A Charlotte), Justin Jirschele (Class A Winston-Salem), Ryan Newman (Class A Kannapolis) and Tim Esmay (Rookie Great Falls).
With Vizquel's promotion to Birmingham, Jirschele moves up as the new manager at Winston-Salem.
New to the White Sox system this season are Frank Menechino, the new hitting coach at Triple-A Charlotte, and Wes Helms, an assistant coach of Vizquel's at Birmingham. Menechino was drafted by the White Sox way back in 1993 and spent five years as a player in the organization. He spent the past five seasons as a hitting coach with the Miami Marlins. Helms had a 13-year major league career and most recently worked as a bench coach at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the White Sox easily on your device.