Completed his first season as White Sox manager with a 67-95 record and fourth-place finish in the American League Central ... The Sox went 13-10 in April and were 38-49 at the All-Star Break … they were 29-46 in the second half but won 13 of their final 22 games from 9/9-end of the season ... During the season, the White Sox traded nine players from the major-league roster, including LHP José Quintana (7/13 to the Cubs), RHPs Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson and 3B Todd Frazier (7/18 to the Yankees), RHP Anthony Swarzak (7/26 to Milwaukee), LHP Dan Jennings (7/27 to Tampa Bay), OF Melky Cabrera (7/30 to Kansas City), RHP Tyler Clippard (8/13 to Houston) and RHP Miguel González (8/31 to Texas) ... Avisaíl García ranked second in the AL with a .330 average, the highest finish by a Sox player since Frank Thomas won the batting title with a .347 average in 1997 ... José Abreu led the AL with 343 total bases and joined Joe DiMaggio (1936-39) and Albert Pujols (2001-10) as the only players in MLB history to begin their careers with four straight 25 HR/100 RBI seasons ... Earned his 100th victory as a major-league manager on 6/27 vs. Baltimore … was ejected seven times, upping his career total to 13 as a manager ... Was selected by Sports Illustrated in October as one of the 30 most influential Hispanics in sports … was the only Latino manager in Major League Baseball during the season.
Managerial and Coaching Highlights
Was hired as the 40th manager in White Sox history on 10/3/16, replacing Robin Ventura, after spending the 2016 season as the Sox bench coach ... Joins Hall-of-Famer Johnny Evers as the only managers of both the White Sox and the Cubs … Evers managed the Sox in 1924 and the Cubs in 1913 and 1921...Was named the 53rd manager in Cubs history on 11/7/13 and guided the Cubs to a 73-89 record in 2014 … led the Cubs to a 31-28 record (.525) from 7/28-remainder of the season … was ejected six times during the 2014 season...Spent six seasons on the San Diego Padres coaching staff, serving as bench coach from 2011-13 and first base coach from 2008-10 … also managed Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic...Managed in the minor leagues for eight seasons, including four each in the Padres (2004-07) and Marlins (1998-2001) organizations, compiling a 539-583 (.480) record...Was named Midwest League Manager of the Year in 1999 after guiding Class A Kane County to a 78-59 record and a playoff berth … managed Class A Lake Elsinore to the California League playoffs in 2006....Began his coaching career in 1998 as manager at Class A Brevard County.
Played professionally for 15 seasons (1980-94) … appeared in 184 games over parts of five major-league seasons with Pittsburgh (1986), Seattle (1987-88) and Florida (1993-94), batting .237 (100-422) with four home runs and 41 RBI..Made his major-league debut on 9/14/86 vs. the Cubs...collected the first pinch-hit in Marlins history on 4/14/93 at San Francisco (off Dave Righetti) … hit his first major-league homer in game two of a doubleheader on 6/1/93 vs. San Francisco (off Bud Black)...Batted .287 (937-3,260) with 167 doubles, 32 triples, 37 home runs, 397 RBI, 459 runs scored and 69 stolen bases over 857 minor-league games...Also played in the Mexican League in 1985, 1991-92 and 1996 … was named Player of the Year for Charros de Jalisco in 1991 after leading the league with a .442 average...Was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (20th overall)...of the 1980 draft … Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (22nd), Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (23rd) and Toronto manager John Gibbons (24th) were selected in succession later in the first round of that draft.
Married Ilene..has four children: Joseph, Michael, Anthony and Alexandria, and one grandchild....Graduated in 1980 from South Gate (Calif.) High School.