Ventura Named Sox Manager

(CBS) The Chicago White Sox announced Thursday that former All-Star third baseman Robin Ventura has been named the team’s 38th manager.

“I realize that he wasn’t on anyone’s list and that we’ve caught many of you by surprise,” general manager Kenny Williams said. “I think it’s important to note that he’s been on our list for a long period of time. He’s been on my specific list for a long time.

Ventura, 44, was hired by the White Sox as a special advisor to director of player development Buddy Bell on June 6.  He now becomes the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club.

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“I don’t think it started out when I came back into the organization that this was what was going to happen,” Ventura said. “After what had gone down with Ozzie, that whole thing surprised me as much as anybody. I figured he’d be managing here for a long time.”

VIDEO: Robin Ventura beats the Rangers with a walk-off home run July 31, 1991

Ventura spent 16 seasons  — 10 with the White Sox — with the White Sox, Mets, Yankees and Dodgers. In 2,079 career games, he hit .267 with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBI. His 18 career grand slams are tied for fifth in Major League history.

Though he has no previous managerial experience on any level, Ventura believes he and Williams can put the right pieces in place to succeed.

“I realize I haven’t managed, but I’m in a place where I’m going to have as much support as I could possibly have. Of any organization out there, this was going to be the one that was going to give me that support to grow and do the job.”

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf raved about his new manager.

“Robin is one of the most popular and highly regarded players in this franchise’s history,” Reinsdorf said in a statement. “From the very first day he put on a White Sox uniform, it was apparent that Robin was a born leader.  Those leadership skills were obvious to staff, players, media who covered him, and certainly to the fans of Chicago.  We saw those skills again this summer as he visited and worked with our minor league players.

“You will not find a better teammate, leader and friend. His ability to motivate and lead others will be a terrific attribute as manager.  I loved him as a player, from his baseball knowledge, to his professionalism, to how he went about his business in the clubhouse and on the diamond.  Robin exudes class in everything he does.”

He received votes in the AL MVP balloting in 1991 and 1999. He’s a six-time Gold Glove Award winner and a two-time All Star.

The Santa Maria, Calif., native was selected by the White Sox with their first-round pick, 10th overall, in the 1988 draft out of Oklahoma State.  He still holds the NCAA Division I record with a 58-game hitting streak.

“He’s one of the classiest individuals I’ve ever met in this games,” Williams said. “He’s a smart person that I believe is the man we need for this position at this particular time.”

  • Dan Rakow

    Surprise Choice for the South Siders and Robin is really well worth it for the White Sox.

  • John

    And he can speak fluent English!!!

  • Stan daMann

    What a surprise!! Jerry Reinsdorf hires yet another cheap manager/coach.

    And now Kenny is the main man, and his humongous ego is well fed.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Just… strange.

  • Tom

    Meanwhile, over here on the north side we have some guy named Mike Quade!!!!!!!!!!!??????????

    • Spoon

      Would someone equally terrible with a famous name make you feel better?

  • PG

    I hope that he manages better than he fights…..that beating that he took from Nolan Ryan years ago when he charged the mound was pathetic.

    Best wishes to him though….the job is his.

  • Denver Deadite

    The hell?

  • Spoon

    The entire teleconference would make me really nervous if I were a Sox fan… 25 minutes of tempering expectations…

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    Tucson police are asking the public for help in finding a man suspected in three armed robberies of businesses on the southeast side.

    The man, who was captured on surveillance cameras, pointed a gun at all his victims, said Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

    The robber is wanted in connection with:

    • The Sunday 7:45 p.m. robbery of a Giant Express Conoco Gasoline & Convenience Store on the southeast corner of East Broadway and South Houghton Road.

    • The Monday 6:15 p.m. robbery of Walgreens on the northeast corner of East Broadway and South Houghton Road.

    • The Tuesday 7:50 p.m. robbery of the Quik Mart on the northwest corner of East 22nd Street and South Houghton Road.

    The robber is described as being about 18 to 22 years old and 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall. He weighs about 140 to 170 pounds and has red hair, freckles or pockmarked skin, Ronstadt said.

    The getaway vehicle is described as brown or champagne-colored, late-1990s model Kia four-door sedan.

    There possibly were four more people inside the car during one of the robberies, said Ronstadt.

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