White Sox: No Way Team Can Bring Back Robin Ventura
By Matt Manetti
The future of Robin Ventura remains a hot topic. After four lackluster seasons there’s no way the White Sox can bring him back in 2017.
Robin Ventura’s contract expires at the end of this season, and the White Sox should let him walk. Ventura was a surprise hire to say the least. First of all, he had no coaching experience. The former third baseman was working with the team as special advisor and Kenny Williams believed in his ability, as he told MLB.com’s Scott Merkin.
"Kenny Williams: “He has ability to discipline with a serious tone and with a sense of humor, making for a professional and fun environment to come to the ballpark.”-Scott Merkin October 6, 2011"
As a result, he became the White Sox manager and had a good first season. Five years later, the White Sox are in shambles and Ventura should be on his way out. There is no doubt he is a great guy, probably one of the nicest in baseball. But he can’t manage and also has shown time and time again he doesn’t have the ability to lead this team. White Sox fans deserve better.
There is definitely a learning curve but Ventura has simply not gotten better. He had one good season and it’s been all downhill since. Ventura also has lost the confidence of players, such as Chris Sale and the rest of the clubhouse. Sale accused Ventura of not sticking up for the players.
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Jerry Reinsdorf has always been very loyal to his guys and has a history of keeping guys around who are loyal to him. That should scare fans because he loves Ventura. It’s time to face the facts and realize as long as Robin Ventura is managing this team, they will not win. It’s as simple as that. I feel there are managers who could be successful with this roster.
There’s no doubt he was a great player in his days with the White Sox. But that doesn’t mean fans should have to suffer through season after season of disappointment because of what he did in the past. He simply is not a good manager, and that’s okay. Surely this team can find a position more suitable for his talents and bring in an experienced manager, who can get the most out of this roster. Again, this team has a lot of work to do before they can be competitive. However, a good manager can pay huge dividends for them moving forward.