White Sox: Is This Robin Ventura’s Final Month as Manager?
White Sox manager not worried about future, but team will decide on his fate after the season. With the team nearing finishing another season under .500, who could replace Robin Ventura next season?
The Chicago White Sox were able to win its series over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, but the team is still under .500 t 67-72. With another possible finish under .500 approaching, manager Robin Ventura has to be worried about his job status after the season correct? Not really according to Ventura.
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Although the manager’s contract expires after the season, he isn’t worrying about the future according to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. The Sox are in a precarious situation as the end of the regular season approaches. With a bevy of young players starting to blossom this season, the front office will have to decide to either rebuild in the offseason or go for it again in 2017.
With future building blocks in Tim Anderson, Carson Fulmer and Carlos Rodon, the Sox could easily add to this nucleus with a rebuild. On the flip side, they could also add pieces via trades or free agency for an attempt at contention next season. Whatever they chose, the Sox will most likely have a new manager.
The front office hasn’t proclaimed they will give Ventura an extension, but it appears that will be very unlikely. Ventura’s best season as manager was his first season in 2012. Since then, the Sox haven’t been close to contending. The Sox can’t add more negative press by extending Ventura again.
Rick Hahn, Sox general manager hasn’t indicated what direction the team will be going in. He did hint there could be other changes within the organization. The coaching staff might not be the only changes made for the Sox in the offseason, the team’s scouting could see an overhaul as well.
"When things don’t work out in Chicago you sort of have to look behind the scenes about what else may not be going well, whether it’s from an advanced scouting standpoint or it’s from a major-league scouting standpoint,” Hahn said."
This has been a major painpoint for Sox fans. It’s been apparent the Sox struggles within the AL Central has been due to poor advanced scouting. The Sox could certainly use an overhaul of scouting at all levels in the organization.
As for Ventura, it doesn’t make much sense for the team to offer him another extension. Sadly, he might be best remembered by Sox fans for being one of the team’s worst managers in recent memory. However, there might be an internal option to replace Ventura. Rick Renteria could be a good option for the Sox next manager.
Renteria not only has experience managing,but he also can better speak with spanish-speaking players. With a clubhouse comprising of many spanish-speaking players, it would be nice to have a manager that can effectively communicate with them.
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The Sox certainly have to make a better attempt to find a new manager then they did after the 2011 season. If Renteria isn’t the next manager, there has to be a better option to lead the team moving forward. This all depends on the front office making the logical choice to not extend Ventura. Unfortunately, Sox fans have become accustomed to seeing this team make illogical choices consistently.