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"


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gambalore
3 years 9 months ago

Wait, what? Where did that come from?

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gambalore
3 years 9 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.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

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

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Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 9 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.

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kahnives
3 years 9 months ago

Gonna make trips to Texas interesting.

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NatsTown
3 years 9 months ago

Brilliant

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Casor_Greener
3 years 9 months ago

LOL, good old Robin Ventura

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dc21892
3 years 9 months ago

Interesting choice, best of luck to Ventura.

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Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Cannot wait til they play Nolan Ryan’s Rangers.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

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

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ukJaysfan
3 years 9 months ago

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

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3 years 9 months ago

Not only a homerun but a grand slam.

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Pedro
3 years 9 months ago

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

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drjayphd
3 years 9 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)!