For most teams, the last thing they are willing to do is extend the contract of their manager after a bad season. This trend doesn’t apply to the Chicago White Sox, though, because they have come to terms on a contract extension with manager Robin Ventura that will leave him here on the South Side for at least a few more years.
The terms of the contract have not been disclosed as of yet. Ventura started out his managerial career with the White Sox in 2012, compiling a respectable 85-77 record and a second place finish in the AL Central. Things were supposed to be even better in 2013, but no one could have predicted how quickly things turned for the worse.
The team played horribly for the majority of the season and the team went 63-99. That was good for dead last in the AL Central and also was the third worst record in all of baseball. It’s a great thing to see the White Sox stick behind Ventura even after a horrible season. It shows that the organization has faith in him and his capabilities as a manager, especially since he is only going to be going into his third season.
General manager Rick Hahn has said all along that he has faith in Ventura, as was shown with the contract extension that was offered to him last year. That’s one thing previous managers like Ozzie Guillen didn’t have. Guillen may have lead the White Sox to a World Series championship in 2005, but most of the time there was always tension between the front office and Guillen and that seemed to cause more problems than necessary.
The White Sox are getting younger and locking in Ventura at the helm is only going to benefit all of the players. He has shown over his two seasons that he is not afraid to get in people’s faces and do things that he needs to do to get his point across. He’s already been ejected sevem times and he has benched multiple players for lack of hustle or interest or just to prove a point to them.
Also with the White Sox acquiring Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason, Ventura can help him immensely and possibly allow Davidson to grow into one of the best, if not the best third baseman we have had since Joe Crede.
Ventura has shown he wants to be the manager of the White Sox for years to come, and this gesture by Hahn and the White Sox front office shows that they want him here too.