White Sox contemplating replacing Robin Ventura as manager according to rumor
White Sox manager Robin Ventura appears to be on the hot seat according to national baseball writer Jon Heyman. In his latest post for todaysknuckleball.com, Heyman wrote that there have been internal discussions over the status of Ventura within the White Sox front office.
"When Ventura was hired, he was seen as the perfect guy, as he was the “anti Ozzie,” a low-key guy who wasn’t looking to steal the spotlight and act like a prima donna. But the team hasn’t performed great since Ventura’s first year."
Ventura has been under scrutiny from fans and some of the media recently for the team’s poor record. After starting the season 23-10, the White Sox currently stand at 33-33. They’re 2 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central Division.
The team concluded another dismal homestand with a 4-5 record against the Washington Nationals, Kansas City Royals, and Detroit Tigers. The White Sox were only able to win one series during the homestand. They haven’t won consecutive series since sweeping the Texas Rangers at home and the Toronto Blue Jays on the road in late April.
The White Sox could have fired Ventura after another poor road trip that saw the team lose leads in three consecutive games against the Royals, and get swept by the Tigers. The only bright spot of the previous road trip was a series victory over the New York Mets. The series-clinching game will forever be known as the “Matt Albers” game by White Sox fans.
The best chance to fire Ventura was at the end of the 2015 season. The season started with high expectations because of the offseason acquisitions. Unfortunately, the White Sox finished their third consecutive season under .500.
After firing bench coach Mark Parent,the White Sox hired former Cubs manager Rick Renteria. Renteria was let go after one season primarily because the Cubs wanted to hire Joe Maddon. Renteria has some experience as a manager, and could take over immediately if Ventura is fired.
The White Sox begin a seven-game road trip in Cleveland on Friday. If the team has another poor showing away from home, they could very well have a new manager.