Third-base coach McEwing to interview for D-backs job

Third-base coach McEwing to interview for D-backs job

CHICAGO -- Add Joe McEwing to the growing list of the D-backs' managerial candidates, a job that opened up when Kirk Gibson was removed from the position.

The D-backs announced via Twitter on Wednesday that they received permission to interview the current White Sox third-base coach.

McEwing, who turns 42 this month, recently finished his third season as the third-base coach and seventh season overall in the White Sox organization. He previously served as hitting coach for Triple-A Charlotte (2008) and has managerial experience from stints at Class A Winston-Salem (2009-10) and Charlotte (2011).

Tony La Russa, the Diamondbacks chief baseball officer, managed McEwing, known as Super Joe, in St. Louis in '98 and '99. The latter was arguably the best season of McEwing's nine-year-career. McEwing was interviewed for the Cardinals' managerial vacancy when La Russa retired after the 2011 campaign, a job that ultimately went to Mike Matheny.

When asked about the D-backs job recently, McEwing said that he was simply focused on his tasks at hand and helping the White Sox win. But general manager Rick Hahn, in his season-ending interview with the media Sunday, sounded as if he expected outside interest in the White Sox coaching staff.

"We might lose some to these potential job openings, so we'll have to see how things unfold over the next several weeks," said Hahn of the coaching staff. "[White Sox manager] Robin [Ventura] and I still need to sit down and have some conversations internally, but we'll have to see if we get plucked and adjust accordingly."

Sandy Alomar Jr., Jay Bell, Andy Green, Phil Nevin, Jim Tracy and Turner Ward are the other managerial candidates the D-backs have announced.

Worth noting

• Left-handed pitcher Frank De Los Santos was outrighted by the White Sox to Charlotte, leaving the 40-man roster at 39. De Los Santos, 26, posted a 4.84 ERA in the 2014 season between stops at Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham, fanning 21 and walking 19 over 44 2/3 innings of relief.

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