When the Chicago White Sox first named Robin Ventura their manager way back 2011, the skeptics were definitely loud and proud. MLB pundits across the game called the hire a desperate one as Ventura’s lack of experience was a total question mark. Well, here we are going on the third year of the “Ventura project” and the White Sox are obviously sold on the former All-Star third baseman.
On Friday, Ventura confirmed that he would be serving as Chicago’s manager for at least another two years. The mild-mannered and sarcastic Ventura was his usual self during the White Sox press conference as he responded to local reporters and media members by saying his deal was “Longer than one [year].”
Now, the way Ventura and the White Sox played this entire contract situation was rather smart. Chicago knew it was going through a rebuild, so it wanted to see how Ventura meshed with first-year general manager Rick Hahn before committing to No. 23 long-term. Besides, the White Sox were able to gather a lot from 2013 as the team saw first-hand what the manager is like even when things aren’t going according to plan.
Thankfully, Chicago now has a sturdy voice atop the organization as it powers through one of the biggest reconstruction phases in franchise history.