White Sox Hire Robin Ventura as Manager, More Shocking than Cubs Not Hiring Ryne Sandberg

As you’ve heard by now, the Chicago White Sox hired Robin Ventura as manager to replace Ozzie Guillen. In doing so they truly made a statement of what they are not; much more than what they are.

They went from a manager of loud, politically incorrect public statements to one who is as mild-mannered, and bland/vanilla as possible. They also showed that they are not the Chicago Cubs, who decided to retain Mike Quade, instead of hire Ryne Sandberg. Had the Cubs hired Sandberg it would have been exactly like what the Sox did today- hiring a fan favorite (read: one of the greatest Caucasian position player stars in a generation) to mollify the fan base.

A way to allay the dissenters among their own people.

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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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