Completed his second season as White Sox manager with a 62-100 record and fourth-place finish in the American League Central division ... The Sox went 17-12 in August but fell to 8-19 in September, including a five-game losing streak to end the season ... The White Sox used 51 players during the season, matching the franchise record set in 2017, including 30 pitchers ... During the season, the Sox traded four players from the major-league roster: INF Tyler Saladino (4/19 to Milwaukee), RHP Joakim Soria (7/26 to Milwaukee), LHP Luis Avilan (8/22 to Philadelphia) and LHP Xavier Cedeno (8/31 to Milwaukee) ... 1B Jose Abreu, a 2018 All-Star, missed 32 of the White Sox final 38 games due to injury, Avisail Garcia, a 2017 All-Star, missed more than two months of the season due to a right hamstring strain, and LHP Carlos Rodon missed the first two months of the season while recovering from left shoulder surgery ... RHP Michael Kopech, who entered the season rated by MLB.com as the No. 10 prospect in baseball, made his major-league debut in August. Kopech made four starts before suffering a season-ending injury ... Missed three games from 4/27-28 at Kansas City (including a doubleheader) to attend his mother¡¦s funeral and four from 8/20-23 after experiencing lightheadedness prior to the White Sox makeup game on 8/20 at Minnesota ... Earned his 200th victory as a major-league manager on 9/20 at Cleveland ¡K was ejected six times, upping his career total to 19 as a major-league manager ... Was one of three Latino managers in Major League Baseball, along with Boston's Alex Cora and Washington's Dave Martinez.
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 club to a 73-89 record in 2014 ¡K 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 WBC ... Managed eight seasons in the minor leagues, including four each in the Padres (2004-07) and Marlins (1998-2001) systems ... Was named Midwest League Manager of the Year in 1999, guiding Class A Kane County to a 78-59 record and playoff berth ... managed Class A Lake Elsinore to the California League playoff s in 2006 ... Began his coaching career in 1998 as manager at Class A Brevard County.
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.
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 on 6/1-2/93 vs. San Francisco (off Bud Black) ... Batted .287 (937-3,260) with 167 doubles, 37 home runs, 397 RBI and 459 runs scored over 857 minor-league games ... Was selected by Pittsburgh in the fi rst round (20th overall) of the 1980 draft ... Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (22nd), Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (23rd) and Toronto Blue Jays 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 ... Created "Club 17" with wife Ilene in 2017 to support inner city youth ... welcomed students from Children's Home+Aid and Youth Advocacy Programs to a White Sox game, answering questions, signing autographs prior to the game ... held a special dinner at Guaranteed Rate Field in September 2018 for Club 17 students to celebrate their achievements in their violence prevention programs ... Visited the Mitzi Freidheim Englewood Child + Family Center in January 2019, reading books and delivering blankets to the children ... welcomed Special Olympics Chicago athletes to the White Sox Community Clubhouse, a custom suite dedicated to honoring community members during Sox Serve Week in 2018 ... Visited offi cers at the Chicago Police Department's Strategic Decision Support Center, the "nerve center" at the 007 district station in the Englewood neighborhood that uses high-tech tools to help reduce violence in January 2018.