Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura is already making plans for the 2014 season and to trying getting his team back on track. It appears he’ll have that chance, although his bosses should be ready to pull the trigger in case things get sour in a hurry.
The dismal 2013 season has a week left for the White Sox, who won 85 games last season in Ventura’s debut as manager but are now 61-94. Ventura has told reporters the obvious: A lousy MLB record like this is unacceptable and he plans on turning things around next season. How he’ll do that hasn’t been determined, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea if general manager Rick Hahn took a long look at the personnel he’s got and made some bold offseason changes. The White Sox seem to have strength in the pitching staff, but the hitting and defense has let them down all season. They’ve had almost 50 errors more than all of last season.
Ventura was a surprise pick for the job in 2012 but got many critics off his back with a decent 2012 season. Obviously, the critics are back in full force now, but that’s a part of the game. And while Hahn has acknowledged the entire organization is to blame for the present season, he’s likely to pull the plug on Ventura early in 2014 if the Sox continue to sputter.
Ventura will need to show in April 2014 that he can make something of the talent he’s given and help the Sox be more of a force in the American League Central Division. It’s gotten to be a tough division with the money the Detroit Tigers are paying for big-name stars and with the development of promising players by the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals.
Ventura’s job is safe for now, but the pressure is on Hahn to make some decent changes in his player personnel. After that, the pressure is definitely back on Ventura