In advance of the decision-making tonight regarding the 40-man roster, the Chicago White Sox opted to trim a player from its managerial roster.
As broken by MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, the White Sox will not ask Omar Vizquel to return as a manager at Birmingham (where he spent the 2019 season) or anywhere else in the system.
Per director of player development Chris Getz, via Merk:
This is from Chris Getz on Omar: “Listen, Omar, ultra-talented player, very good instructor, created a good environment for our players. We just felt with where things are at, our player development system, that it was time to go separate ways.”
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) November 20, 2019
Vizquel found some success in 2018 when managing the Winston-Salem Dash, but in being moved up along with many of his players to the Double-A Barons in 2019, faltered. While little merit can be placed in won-loss records at the minor league level, Birmingham started slow and never rebounded into a Southern League contender.
What’s more, there are indications that Vizquel, for all his personal charm and savvy, is not the right fit for an organization already lagging analytically. Stolen base attempts…