Report: Chris Sale, Robin Ventura have argument


July 11, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura (23) takes the ball to relieve starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Tribune had a report today that this past Thursday there was a “heated argument” between Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale and manager Robin Ventura.

Ventura confirmed the loud “disagreement,” but other than that, there were no other details according to the article.

In the article by the Tribune’s Pat Sullivan, it stated:

"“Sale was originally upset with comments from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, who called him “weak” for allegedly drilling Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez on purpose in Sale’s final start Wednesday.”"

Sale was said to go home following the argument, but returned Friday and all was well.

My take on this is … so what? Arguments happen, especially when it comes to high-pressure professional sports.

It is a group of grown men around each other from February through October each year. Of course there are going to be disagreements. In fact, I’d be more surprised if this was the lone argument on the White Sox this season.

You had to figure something was going to happen after that game on Wednesday in Detroit, which happened to be the final start of the season for Sale. It was just one of those type of days.

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I’m glad both Sale and Ventura broke away from their quiet demeanors and let out some anger, because they might be the most two important figures for the White Sox in 2015, besides Jose Abreu. The entire team should be angry after yet another losing season.

I’m guessing there will be no long-term effects from the “argument,” and it will be interesting to see how these two work together in ’15. I doubt there will be any hard feelings by the time spring training arrives in February.