White Sox Add Ventura To Player Development Role
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CHICAGO (WSCR) Former All-Star and Gold Glove-winning third baseman Robin Ventura will rejoin the Chicago White Sox as a special advisor to Director of Player Development Buddy Bell, the team announced on Monday.
“Robin’s experience and expertise will be invaluable to our entire minor-league system,” Bell said in a statement. “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.”
Ventura will visit each of the White Sox minor-league affiliates throughout the summer, evaluating player performance and reporting to Bell.
Ventura played 16 seasons with the White Sox, hitting .274 with 171 home runs and 741 RBI over the course of 1,254 games. The White Sox selected Ventura 10th overall in the 1988 MLB Draft out of Oklahoma State University.
He’s the 11th former White Sox player currently serving as a manager or coach in the organization.