The White Sox have found their new bullpen coach.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Matt Wise will be replacing Curt Hassler, who was let go following the season. Wise served as the Angels pitching coach since 2021 and was a member of the team’s staff since 2020.
Prior to becoming the team’s pitching coach, Wise served as the Angels’ bullpen coach in 2020 and was previously in the organization’s player development system. He was the team’s minor-league pitching coordinator in 2018 and 2019 and served in other various minor-league pitching coach roles in the years prior. He is a former major-league pitcher and played a small role in the Angels’ 2002 World Series championship season. For his career, he was 17-22 with a 4.23 ERA in 209 career games, mostly as a reliever.
Wise previously received acclaim after the team put together a top-10 ERA during the 2022 season. However, the pitching staff regressed mightily in 2023. Their 4.63 team ERA ranked 23rd in MLB, and their 1.42 WHIP ranked 26th.
The addition of Wise is one of several expected coaching moves for the White Sox over the next several months, as the team is still looking for a Hitting Coach, Assistant Hitting Coach, and First Base Coach on the major league staff.
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