White Sox Bring back All-Star Robin Ventura as Farm System Advisor

It was announced in the past couple hours that the Chicago White Sox hired former All-Star and Gold Glove-winning third baseman Robin Ventura as special advisor to Director of Player Development Buddy Bell. Ventura will scout the Sox minor-leagues throughout the season, evaluating performances and reporting directly to Bell.

“Robin’s experience and expertise will be invaluable to our entire minor-league system,” said Bell.

“He will serve as a terrific complement to our instructors and minor-league coaching staffs, and I look forward to hearing his thoughts and getting his input as we make player development decisions. As White Sox fans know, Robin was the consummate professional, and I can’t imagine a better role model and advisor for young developing players in our farm system.”

By Paul M. Banks

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What I Love About Cedar Rapids

cedar rapids Veterans stadium

When I was working as a TV News Reporter in the Quad Cities, I always made it a personal policy to check out whatever minor league ballparks were within driving distance because quite frankly, there’s few things I enjoy more than a minor league baseball game. So when Paul informed me that many of you who read our work are from Cedar Rapids, it brought me back to a road trip I took in 2008 to your fair city.

Cedar Rapids is well known throughout the world as “The City of Five Seasons”, a place where the folks are friendly, the corn is tasty, and where good old fashioned American values still reign supreme. It’s also home to thousands of resilient, hard-working folks determined not to let the summer floods of 2008 define their existence. Even today, signs of the historic flood are everywhere in Cedar Rapids. But that’s not what I remember most from the seven hours I spent there two years ago.

By Matt Lindner

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