It’s all in the family for the Chicago White Sox organisation and their latest managerial hire.Chicago named Robin Ventura, a long-time White Sox infielder and current special advisor to the team’s director of player development, the next manager of the club.
The 44-year-old played 16 major league seasons, 10 of which were spent on the South Side. He replaces Ozzie Guillen, who left the club for the Florida Marlins.
“When I rejoined the White Sox this June, I said this was my baseball home and that part of me never left the White Sox organisation,” Ventura said in a statement. “My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Chicago. Managing a Major League Baseball team is a tremendous honour. It’s also an opportunity and a challenge.
The hire was a shock to many. Owner Kenny Williams had contacted the Rays to speak with bench coach Dave Martinez. Former Sox catcher Sandy Alomar was also considered a candidate.
“When I met with the media as our season ended, I identified one person at the very top of my managerial list,” general manager Ken Williams said in a statement. “I wanted someone who met very specific criteria centered around his leadership abilities. Robin Ventura was that man.”
But Williams and the organisation have never shied away from questionable hires (see Guillen, Ozzie). And that marriage helped end an 88-year World Series drought.
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