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(WSCR) When the White Sox announced they had secretly hired Robin Ventura as their new manager, the city of Chicago collectively scratched its head.
During the managerial search, names like Sandy Alomar Jr. and Dave Martinez surfaced, but there wasn’t a single report of Ventura. Now, however, the White Sox are in first place in the American League Central with a little over a month to play.
“It’s just an exciting time. I think Ventura has just been superb, certainly a Manager of the Year candidate,” Jon Heyman of CBS Sports told The Mully and Hanley Show. “It just fees like they have a good thing going. Detroit has a bad thing going, but Detroit is still hanging around. It feels like they’re under achieving. They seem disappointed for the year. Maybe they’ll catch up, but right now, it feels like the White Sox are the team.”
LISTEN: Jon Heyman on The Mully and Hanley Show
The White Sox are coming off back to back series sweeps of the Yankees and Mariners. All season long, the White Sox have seemingly over achieved – something Heyman thinks is a direct result of the improved performance of Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios.
“This has been going on all year,” Heyman said. “They’ve been what most people would say over achieving. I think Peavy, Rios and Dunn are the key. They didn’t give the team much last year. Obviously, Dunn was really bad last year. Now, they’re back to doing what they should be doing. Peavy is a talented pitcher. Rios is a very good player, and Dunn is a great home run hitter.”