Two former BlueClaws managers were named on Monday to join the coaching staff of the Chicago White Sox, with Mark Parent becoming the bench coach and Jeff Manto becoming the hitting coach.
Parent was with the BlueClaws in 2010 and Manto was the BlueClaws manager in 2002. They will coach under new White Sox manager Robin Ventura beginning in 2012.
Under Parent, the BlueClaws went 84-55 in 2010, tying the franchise record for most wins in a season. The team went on to win their third South Atlantic League title and second in a row.
Parent, who was a 13-year major league catcher, finished his career with the Phillies in 1998. He later managed in the Mariners system and in the independent Golden League with Chico (2005-2007) before joining Lakewood in 2010. He spent 2011 with Double-A Reading.
Manto led the 2002 BlueClaws to a 69-70 record. Ryan Howard and Gavin Floyd were among the players Manto managed in Lakewood. He played for eight teams over 10 major league seasons and tied a record with home runs in four straight at bats with the Orioles in 1995.
He was the Pirates hitting coach in 2006 and 2007 and was most recently the White Sox minor league hitting coordinator before his promotion to major league hitting coach.
The BlueClaws wish both the best of luck.
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