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Bench coach Mark Parent has been fired

The White Sox make a coaching change heading into the final weekend of the season.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

While nothing official has been released by the White Sox, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago has an early report that the White Sox offseason has now started.

Prior to joining the White Sox, Parent had been managing in the Phillies minor league system.  Parent joined the White Sox as the bench coach for the 2012 season. Brought in as the "experienced" guy on the bench, Parent was brought in initially to help mentor Ventura.  He also has been credited with helping the catchers, especially Tyler Flowers, in improving defense and game-calling. Of the coaches brought in initially to work with Robin Ventura, Joe McEwing is now the last man standing.

Echoing Jeff Manto's departure, Parent found out about the firing after last night's game, and decided to leave rather than sit in the dugout as a lame duck.  No other announcements on coaching changes have been made, and no announcement has been made regarding any temporary replacement.