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White Sox dismiss bench coach Mark Parent

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White Sox dismiss bench coach Mark Parent

Bench coach Mark Parent has been fired by the White Sox.

On Friday, general manager Rick Hahn said that Parent, who has held the position since 2012, was dismissed after Thursday night’s loss.

Despite high expectations, the White Sox have missed the postseason in nine of the last 10 seasons and are guaranteed of a third straight sub-.500 finish. Hahn said the White Sox seek a veteran bench coach -- perhaps a Spanish speaker -- to replace Parent, an original member of Ventura’s staff.

[MORE: Ventura to remain with White Sox in 2016]

“Mark is a good baseball man and it is unfortunate how we have played out on the field is having these repercussions for him personally,” Hahn said. “But we did get to the point where we think it is important to add a different voice to our coaching staff.

“There’s a few areas where we need to get stronger and I feel that was missing in certain areas from our coaching staff. Someone who can help from certain in-game tactical decisions in a different way and has strengths in some different areas. Again, Mark is a tremendous baseball man. It just wasn’t the right fit going forward for our coaching staff.”

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Parent, 54, managed two seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization (2010-11) before joining the White Sox in manager Robin Ventura’s first season. A catcher of 13 seasons from 1986-98, Parent also managed at Single-A Lancaster for the Seattle Mariners in 2000 and was named the California League’s manager of the year.

Parent is the second coach of Ventura’s to be dismissed in four seasons. Hitting coach Jeff Manto was fired at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Hahn said White Sox manager Robin Ventura was involved in the discussion and fought for Parent’s job. Ventura decided to deliver the news to Parent in person rather than phone him after the season concludes on Sunday.

“I felt it best to do it face to face,” Ventura said. “Once I found out that’s the way it was going to go that I would do it face to face instead.

“I didn’t feel (a phone call) was fair to him and that’s not what you do.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.