CHICAGO -- The phrase "players' manager" doesn't really resonate with White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell, now in his third full season handling this particular job responsibility. "I'm not really sure what that means," said Bell, who has managed nine years and 1,243 games in the Major Leagues. "To me, it means no discipline, letting them do whatever they want." With that somewhat ambiguous definition in mind, Bell gives major plaudits to Joe McEwing for falling near this managerial category in a more positive and tangible manner. McEwing was announced Monday as the new manager for Charlotte, the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, standing as one of six managerial changes within the organization.
McEwing served the last two years as the manager for Class A Winston-Salem in the Carolina League. The 38-year-old has become an up-and-coming managerial candidate who someday could be running a Major League team. "I don't think there's any question about it," said Bell of McEwing's potential. "Joe still has some things to do better, but he has the energy and is tough and smart. "He really knows how to treat players. He has a great mix of toughness and compassion." Although McEwing looks to be a manager on the rise, it's the hiring of Pete Rose Jr. that is receiving the most attention from the White Sox announcement. The son of Major League Baseball's all-time hits leader replaces Ryan Newman at Bristol, with Newman moving to advanced-rookie Great Falls. Rose, 41, spent from 1989-2009 playing Minor League Baseball, both affiliated and unaffiliated, with 14 at-bats mixed in with the Reds in 1997. He spent from 1994-96 playing third base in the White Sox system, while also playing part of the 2003 campaign in a southwest suburb of Chicago for Joliet as part of the independent Northern League. "There's no question he brings a lot of energy and excitement," White Sox field coordinator Nick Capra said of Rose, who impressed Capra with his work during White Sox Instructional League action back in October. "He has the pedigree. He knows the game. He has learned how to teach the game. It's exciting for us and for the young players." Other managerial changes have Tommy Thompson moving in at Class A Kannapolis, Bobby Magallanes taking over at Double-A Birmingham and Julio Vinas getting the job with Winston-Salem. Magallanes and Vinas begin their first season in the organization. Ever Magallanes moves from the managerial ranks to become the organization's infield instructor. Former White Sox All-Stars Richard Dotson (Charlotte) and Bobby Thigpen (Winston-Salem) return to their same positions as pitching coaches in 2011. Devon White, who won seven Gold Glove Awards and recorded 208 home runs and 346 stolen bases over a 17-year Major League career, joins the White Sox as the organization's baserunning instructor. White and White Sox general manager Ken Williams played together in Toronto.