Who is Miguel Cairo? White Sox tab coach as ac atlanta braves hoodie youth ting manager with Tony La Russa out indefinitely

September 1, 2022 By Edward Sutelan 0

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The White Sox will have a new manager for at least a few days.

The team announced Wednesday that bench coach Miguel Cairo will take over as acting manager while Tony La Russa undergoes testing for an unspecified medical condition.

La Russa, 77, missed Tuesday's g atlanta braves throwback jersey ame against the Royals on the recommendation Under Armourof his doctors, with Cairo taking over in the dugout. He will undergo testing by his personal physicians in Arizona "over the coming days," the team said.

Cairo has been around Major League Baseball for a long time. What is there to know about him? The Sporting News takes a look.

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How long was Miguel Cairo's MLB playing career?

The name Miguel Cairo might sound familiar to fans of several MLB teams.

Cairo had a 17-year MLB career from 1996 to 2012. He played for nine different teams: the Blue Jays, Cubs, Devil Rays, Cardinals, Yankees, Mets, Mariners, Phillies and Reds.

Cairo began his professional baseball career in 1990, when he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dodgers out of Venezuela. He spent time in the minors with them until he was traded to the Blue Jays in 1995.

He debuted in 1996 with Toronto and appeared in nine games before being traded in the offseason to the Cubs. He then spent much of the rest of his career being claimed on waivers, signing one-year contracts (MLB and minor league) as maintained his role as a utility player. The only multiyear free-agent contract he signed in his career was his final contract, a two-year deal with Cincinnati signed in 2011.

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The best season of his career, based on Baseball Reference WAR, came in 1998, his first year with the Devil Rays after they selected him in the expansion draft. He amassed 3.2 bWAR in 150 games as he slashed .268/.307/.367 with five home runs and 19 stolen bases. 

Cairo was a versatile player. He logged 754 games at second base, 231 at third, 170 at first, 69 in the outfield and 55 at shortstop. He is one of 47 players in MLB history to have played at least 55 games at each infield position, per Stathead.

Cairo played his final season in the majors in 2012 at age 38. He finished his career with 1,490 games played, a slash line of .264/.314/.361, 41 home runs and 139 steals.

When did Miguel Cairo begin his coaching career?

Cairo retired after his time with the Reds and was immediately brought on to work with the team. He was hired as a special assistant to the general manager in 2013 and later filled in briefly as the team's bench coach.

He atlanta braves jersey custom name joined the Yankees in 2018 as a minor league infield coordinator and held that post through 2020.

When La Russa was hire atlanta braves batting practice jersey d as White Sox manager following the end of the 2020 season, Cairo was brought on as his bench coach. Cairo played under La Russa from 2001-03 and in 2007 with the Cardinals. His four years witMookie Betts h St. Louis were the most spent with any big league team during his playing career.

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Tuesday's game was not Cairo's first managing the White Sox. Cairo filled in for La Russa at the inaugural Field of Dreams Game in August 2021 against the Yankees. La Russa was away attending a funeral. The White Sox wo atlanta braves vaughn grissom jersey n 9-8 on a walk-off home run by Tim Anderson.

Who is Miguel Cairo's son?

Baseball runs in the Cairo family. Cairo's son is working to make a name for himself in the minor leagues.

Christian Cairo, an infielder from Calvary Christian High i atlanta braves jersey 2xl n Clearwater, Fla., was chosen in the fourth round of the 2019 MLB Draft by Cleveland. He spent the rest of the 2019 campaign with the team's Arizona League affiliate, recording a .178/.324/.212 slash line in 46 games.

Like all minor league players, Christian Cairo lost the 2020 MiLB season to the COVID pandemic. He returned in 2021 and played at both low and high Single-A. He slashed .226/.371/.357 with six home runs and 19 stolen bases between the two levels.

He has spent the 2022 season at high Single-A, outside of a five-game Rookie League stint. The 21-year-old has posted a .648 OPS with two home runs and eight steals in 48 games in Single-A.

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