Forget a big name like Jim Thome, Frank Thomas or Charlie Manuel.
A source has confirmed an MLB.com report that Todd Steverson is going to replace the fired Jeff Manto as White Sox hitting coach.
Steverson, 41, has filled multiple coaching roles with the Oakland A’s since 2004.
He joined the organization as hitting coach for Class A Vancouver and was named manager at A Stockton in 2005. Steverson continued managing in the Athletics’ minor-league system until taking over as Oakland’s first-base coach for two years.
In 2011, he was on the move again, serving as hitting coach for Triple-A Sacramento.
The past two seasons, Steverson was Oakland’s minor-league hitting coordinator.
While we wait for the White Sox to officially announce the signing of first baseman/designated hitter Jose Abreu, which probably isn't happening until after the World Series, let's take a look around the AL Central:
*Top prospect Micah Johnson's Arizona Fall League season is over.
According to the White Sox, Johnson is going to have a surgical procedure Tuesday to reposition a nerve in his right elbow.
Dr. Mark Cohen, the Sox' hand/wrist/elbow specialist, will perform the surgery at Midwest Orthopedic's Surgery Center in Chicago.
Johnson had a similar procedure when he was playing college baseball at Indiana. According to the Sox, the 22-year-old second baseman is expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training.
The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that defenseman Mike Kostka would miss 4-6 weeks with a lower body injury suffered in Tuesday's morning skate.
Kostka appeared in two games and had his first NHL goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over Toronto, his former team.
The Hawks still have seven defensemen on the roster. At this time they will finish the road trip through Florida with 21 skaters.
There's lots of talk about action in Springfield this week, but new House Republican Leader Jim Durkin summed up his expectations directly.
"I think that we can pretty much write off the week," Durkin said.
Competing same-sex marriage rallies will take over the Capitol today and Wednesday, and Durkin thinks talks on other big issues like changes to the state's public pension system could happen behind the scenes next week.
While the National Republican Campaign Committee doesn't pick sides in primaries, state Rep. Darlene Senger is trying to amass a big number of local Republican officials in her congressional primar bid against Chris Balkema of Channahon and Ian Bayne of Aurora.
Today she announced support from: "Dr. Darlene Ruscitti, DuPage Regional Superintendent of Schools, Naperville Township Republican Chairman Rachel Ossyra, and Lisle Township Republican Chairman and State Senator Michael Connelly."
Odd that Ruscitti isn't identified as the chairwoman of the DuPage County Republican Party?
Joakim Noah takes a ride on the NBA on ESPN recreational vehicle.
At Friday's shootaround, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau announced plans to shut down Joakim Noah for a week. Noah is still having issues with a groin strain and the team wants to make sure he's healthy for the start of the regular season.
Noah suffered the injury early in training camp and sat out the first three preseason games. He returned to the court on Wednesday against Detroit, producing 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 points in 20 minutes of action.
Thibodeau said Jimmy Butler is a game-time decision with a bruised knee. He sat out Wednesday's game.
The Bulls play Indiana tonight at the United Center, then have three preseason games remaining before opening the regular season on Oct. 29 at Miami.
LeBron James has shut down talk about his potential free agency in 2014, but New York's Carmelo Anthony is talking it up.
Like James, Anthony could opt out of his contract next summer and hit the open market.
"I want to be a free agent," Anthony told the New York Observer. "I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It's like you have an evaluation period. It's like if I'm in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience."
As an assistant with Canada's Olympic team, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is only one voice in the selection process.
The biggest voices belong to executive director Steve Yzerman and head coach Mike Babcock.
But if it means anything, Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp has Hitchcock firmly in his corner when it comes to making the squad for the Games in Sochi, Russia next February.
"I think he's a guy who is obviously on the watch list close," Hitchcock said Thursday at the United Center. "He's a guy that you trust on the ice. So there's a trust factor, especially from me.
“I don't know how many voices I have in that program, but I love him as a person and like him as a player. He's a guy for me that based on his play in the last couple years is really up on the radar."
From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum: "This might have come a touch late."
Have a good weekend.