Robin Ventura Links

New White Sox manager Robin Ventura acknowledged in a conference call this afternoon that he's made quite a leap considering he has no managerial experience, but he said he's up to it: "I've jumped in the deep end, but I can swim" (Twitter link). Here are some interesting reactions, takes and analyses from the baseball community …

  • Ken Rosenthal of (video) heard the rumor of the White Sox's interest in Ventura on Wednesday but didn't relay it because it seemed so outlandish and he couldn't get it confirmed. Pretty ironic, right?
  • "We don't have to react, just to react," opines Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, who notes there's no way of accurately gauging whether Ventura was a sound hire or what the White Sox's motives were.
  • Scott Miller of commends the White Sox for thinking outside the box.
  • "All we know is that it's somewhere between incredibly brilliant and ridiculously foolish," writes Rob Neyer of
  • Ventura, who was assisting a high school team in California the past couple years, has a "stunning feel for the game," one of his friends tells Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Brown adds that the move looks like the work of White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf (Twitter links).
  • Keith Law of is "shocked and pessimistic" (via Twitter).
  • One of the reasons the White Sox chose Ventura is because he won't butt heads with GM Ken Williams, tweets Jon Heyman of Former manager Ozzie Guillen, of course, didn't always have the best relationship with club brass.
  • Count Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports among the skeptics (Twitter link), who points out that A.J. Hinch was the last manager to be hired without experience (by the Diamondbacks), though Hinch at least had worked in the front office.
  • Finally, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs tweets that we should brace ourselves for an onslaught of jokes about an incident Ventura would rather forget.

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9 Comments on "Robin Ventura Links"

3 years 10 months ago

That’s what twitter’s for Mr. Rosenthal.

3 years 10 months ago

Did anyone get Nolan Ryana’s opinion?

3 years 10 months ago

Wow, more Nolan Ryan jokes? Really?

3 years 10 months ago

Wait… Rosenthal didn’t report something because he couldn’t confirm it? KEN Rosenthal? The one that makes up half of his items from undisclosed sources?

Mario Saavedra
3 years 10 months ago

Seems like someone has naked pictures of Kenny Williams..

3 years 10 months ago

Probably Dave Wilder.

3 years 10 months ago

I for one applaud the White Sox for giving him a chance. Great baseball instincts and I think he will make a solid manager.

James Gwinup
3 years 10 months ago


3 years 10 months ago

Haha, not at all what I meant. More like, leave it to the White Sox to do something so far out there that it didn’t seem like a credible rumor.