White Sox Name Robin Ventura Manager

The White Sox announced that they have hired Robin Ventura to be their new manager. The sides have agreed to terms on a multiyear deal that makes Ventura the franchise's 38th manager. GM Kenny Williams says Ventura topped his managerial wish list despite his inexperience as a Major League skipper.

“I wanted someone who met very specific criteria centered around his leadership abilities," Williams said in a statement. "Robin Ventura was that man."

The 44-year-old Ventura re-joined the White Sox this June as a special advisor to director of player development Buddy Bell. He says he's looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of managing in the Major Leagues, something he has never done before.

In a 16-year playing career that lasted from 1989-2004, Ventura hit 294 home runs, made an All-Star team and won six Gold Gloves. He spent his first ten seasons with the White Sox after they selected him with the tenth overall pick of the 1988 draft. 

Williams, who suited up with the White Sox from 1986-88, never played with Ventura, but he was in Chicago's front office by the time Ventura's career ended. Ventura did play with his predecessor, Ozzie Guillen, from 1989-1997.


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98 Comments on "White Sox Name Robin Ventura Manager"


gambalore
3 years 10 months ago

Wait, what? Where did that come from?

gambalore
3 years 10 months ago

I did a quick Google search to see what level Robin Ventura had been coaching at this season. Turns out he was the hitting coach for his sons’ high school baseball team. Seems like a totally logical jump to me.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

Seems about right, Rios and Dunn hit like high schoolers this year anyways right?

Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 10 months ago

He has experence and He is probably demanding a low salary, $2-3 Mil and 2 body guards to protect him from Nolan Ryan during Rangers games.

kahnives
3 years 10 months ago

Gonna make trips to Texas interesting.

NatsTown
3 years 10 months ago

Brilliant

Casor_Greener
3 years 10 months ago

LOL, good old Robin Ventura

dc21892
3 years 10 months ago

Interesting choice, best of luck to Ventura.

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

Cannot wait til they play Nolan Ryan’s Rangers.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Damn. So many people beat me to that gem. Greatest fight in MLB history, only reason why I remember who Ventura is.

ukJaysfan
3 years 10 months ago

The home-run-that-was-a-single was another Venutra signature….but nothing like the Ryan fight.

3 years 10 months ago

Not only a homerun but a grand slam.

Pedro
3 years 10 months ago

I’m pretty sure the Sox open next year in Texas too, how perfect.

drjayphd
3 years 10 months ago

Next step: White Sox make the playoffs as the wild card, face Texas in the ALDS, and the Rangers win means NOOGIE HILARITY ENSUES (again)!

EdinsonPickle
3 years 10 months ago

Robin Ventura is awesome, and at least I’ll be able to understand what he’s saying in post-game conferences.

gambalore
3 years 10 months ago

There’s no way he’ll be half as funny on Twitter though.

EdinsonPickle
3 years 10 months ago

What’s a Twitter?

John Wegerzyn
3 years 10 months ago

Not Much, What’s a twitter with you?

Alderson Smith
3 years 10 months ago

If you eat enough beans, you’ll find out.

3 years 10 months ago

Is he even managing anywhere? Never heard of him since he retired….

eck78
3 years 10 months ago

My father just called me and I asked the same question. He believes Robin was working with Buddy Bell with their minor league development.

Justin Allen
3 years 10 months ago

ya he was, the white sox had been trying for years according to reports to get Robin to be their hitting coach but he never wanted to leave his family in Cali.  So I guess now managing persuaded him.  Hopefully he turns our awful hitting around :)  (excluding Konerko)

Pedro
3 years 10 months ago

This is random.

$3513744
3 years 10 months ago

Someone must have lost a bet.

BlueCatuli
3 years 10 months ago

Can’t wait until he visits Arlington.

RiverKKiller999
3 years 10 months ago

What the hell?

3 years 10 months ago

This is great,I knew their was a reason I bought 500 Robin Ventura rookie cards many years ago for .11 cents each. If he does as good as I  hope these cards could work out.

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Ha…I have a signed picture in my office of Ryan kicking the crap out of Ventura.  this one really came out of nowhere. Mike Lowell now to manage the Red Sox?

Rangersfan32
3 years 10 months ago

I’m thinking ManRam instead.

CommissionerBart
3 years 10 months ago

“I am excited to begin my career as a manager…..”

Yes, folks, Kenny Williams hired someone with no previous managerial experience (that I know of anyway).

Ozzie had to go…and he did.  Williams equally had to go….and here he is still screwing up the ChiSox.

The rest of the division can relax. Chicago isn’t going to be in the hunt for years.

Lou
3 years 10 months ago

I wonder if he took the Lovie Smith “I don’t care how little you pay me, I just want to be in charge” deal….

3 years 10 months ago

Robin Ventura is a great person but you have to earn your stripes.Kenny Williams is a hot mess

3 years 10 months ago

Kenny needs to go now –no make that yesterday b-4 he hired Ventura

Nick Novak
3 years 10 months ago

wow.  I don’t think anyone saw this coming.  as a Cubs fan, I wish our ownership were as trusting with Ryne Sandberg

dbreer23
3 years 10 months ago

At least Ryno has been managing for a few years now, along with being a Spring Training instructor prior to that.  I hope like hell they hire him….

sourbob
3 years 10 months ago

No kidding… People always pop up to say that Sandberg “has no experience,” but the truth is, he managed four years in the Cubs’ system (winning three minor league pennants and a close second place finish, IIRC) and one for the Phillies’ AAA team.

Pair that with a HoF career and glowing reviews from everyone who’s worked with him and I’d think he’s a much safer bet than most first time managers.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

CALLED IT

Rangersfan32
3 years 10 months ago

Terry Francona and Dave Martinez just facepalmed somewhere.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

instead of becoming the next ozzie guillen, francona chose to become the next tim mccarver

worst fork in the road ever

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 10 months ago

If those were my choices, I would stab myself in the face with the fork

soxluv
3 years 10 months ago

He’s been in the Sox organization for years. No one agreed witht he Ozzie hire either and that worked out pretty well for a few years, so I’ll reserve judgement.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

it really didn’t work out that well. they won in ’05, but not because of ozzie guillen

soxluv
3 years 10 months ago

Disagree – Ozzie was overall a very good manager until 08.

John Kappel
3 years 10 months ago

5 out of 8 years they finished above .500. The guys that hurt the team the most this year were all brought in by Kenny. Ozzie seems to have done okay. You should probably just stop talking. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

“5 out of 8 years they finished above .500″

2 playoff appearances in 8 seasons (one of which was an 89-win season) while playing in the AL Central

way to aim high, hercules

WhiteSoxHomer
3 years 10 months ago

You do know that while the Al Central is not a good division now at one time it was excellent. The quality of division is not set in stone it changes over the years.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

sure, but it hasn’t been strong for quite awhile and they haven’t won 90 games since 2006

WhiteSoxHomer
3 years 10 months ago

yuppers

John Kappel
3 years 8 months ago

Which actually proves WhiteSoxHomers point. They won 90 games and finished 3rd that season. Talk about the best division in baseball that year. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

so Ozzie deserves full credit for the team finishing +500 5/8 years??

team had nothing to do with it.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

don’t be dense. the team went 678-618. that’s 618 mistakes by kenny williams and the players and 678 great performances by ozzie guillen

sourbob
3 years 10 months ago

I’m puzzled by arguments like this. I get your sarcasm, and obviously the players are the biggest thing.

But are you saying consistently winning teams accomplish that irrespective of manager?

Rangersfan32
3 years 10 months ago

Texas has been doing it the last two years.

Joe !
3 years 10 months ago

 He’s been in the Sox organization (as a Player Development consultant to Buddy Bell) for less than a year, less than a half a year, actually.  Who cares how long he played for the Sox, tons of guys “play” in the MLB, doesn’t mean they all can manage just because they played the game.