|Joe McEwing has been the|
White Sox third base coach for
the past three seasons.
He's 41, not quite the youngest of the known candidates (Doug Mientkiewicz is a bit younger), and had a nine-year major league career as a utility man with four teams.
His major league managers:
1998-99 (St. Louis): Tony LaRussa (1999 was the one season in which McEwing saw something close to everyday playing time.)
2000-02 (Mets): Bobby Valentine
2003-04 (Mets): Art Howe
2005 (Kansas City): Tony Pena (33 games), Bob Schaefer (17 games), Buddy Bell (112 games)
2006 (Houston): Phil Garner
McEwing spent the 2007 season at Triple A for the Red Sox, so he was probably exposed to Terry Francona during spring training.
His major league coaching career has been entirely on the staff of Robin Ventura, a teammate of his for a while with the New York Mets.
What strikes me about McEwing's list is that I can't recall LaRussa being on any other candidate's list. Considering LaRussa's longevity and his stature in the profession, that surprises me. I would have thought that a good list of managerial prospects -- and I believe the Twins have compiled a pretty good one -- would bear more LaRussa fingerprints.