Aug 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox batting coach Jeff Manto (31) and manager Robin Ventura (23) watch the game against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Manto Fired as Chicago White Sox's Hitting Coach

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn took the first step in restructuring the 95-plus loss team by firing hitting coach Jeff Manto.

The Sox announced after their 6-5 victory on Saturday over the Royals that Manto will not return next season.

Harold Baines will handle Manto’s duties in Sunday’s season finale.

Under Manto’s time as hitting coach this season the Sox reached last in runs scored, tied for last in slugging percentage, and next to last in on-base percentage with one game left.

Prior to joining the Sox, Manto served as the Pirates’ hitting coach for two season from 2006-2007.

Hahn stated Friday manager Robin Ventura will return next season. Ventura then informed the media prior to Saturday’s game he has control regarding his coaching staffs’ future.

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