CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have had a disappointing season to say the least. A major part of this season's failure falls on an offense that has been one of the least productive in baseball.
The White Sox have scored 536 runs, second lowest in baseball. Too put the scoring numbers in perspective, the Sox have been outscored by 14 of the 15 National League clubs, who use one fewer hitter (since the pitcher bats) most nights in there lineups.
Plenty of external reasons always come up when you are looking at a collective collapse in offensive production. Coaching is a part of that scrutiny, and naturally hitting coach Jeff Manto has to assume part of the responsibility for failure or success.
Manto was brought in to replace Greg Walker as the team batting instructor after the 2011 season. Like the rest of Robin Ventura's staff, Manto has put in extra hours in an attempt to bring the White Sox out of their season-long funk.
Although hitting and pitching coaches are rarely the singular reason players fail, they have to be there to answer for the results.
"You always do worry about where everything is going as soon as the season begins," Manto said. "You hope they all get off to a good start. You do know when you sign up for one of these coaching jobs, that there is a day that it ends. We, as coaches, came in here every day and gave what we have. We gave what were asked for but fell short. You keep going because there is always an end to the rainbow and something comes up next. We all are proud of our work. We fell short."
Manto and the rest of the coaches will have to wait until the season ends before their fates are determined. General manager Rick Hahn said Monday that meetings after the season will help him and the front office make those determinations.
"You don't play for your hitting coach," Manto said. "You get the information from him, you are not thinking about him and his job. If it does come to an end, you hope that he is OK."
The Sox's hitting coach was, of course, speaking from the experience of his big-league career that spanned nine years. As a White Sox hitting coach in the minor leagues from 2006 to '11, Manto learned firsthand how the franchise treats their personnel and makes decisions.
"The good thing here in Chicago is that we have baseball people making decisions," he said. "We don't have some guy reading the paper, or an article in a story deciding on peoples' jobs. When they make the decision to bring me or the other coaches back or not, you can honestly evaluate the decision and learn from it."
The only coach who is known to be under contract, is pitching coach Don Cooper who signed a four-year deal after the 2011 season.
The White Sox have shown a belief in their coaches and system that has transcended the usual knee-jerk response of firing coaches when the club has a poor season.
"We just continue to work," Ventura said. "All of that stuff gets figured out later. For us we are continuing to work and get to the end of the year and that is me included. I think any time you look out too far in the future, you can forget what is in front of you and helping guys that day. I want our focus to be on the right now. The rest will of it will be done in the offseason."