The Chicago White Sox had this little announcement…
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 24, 2014
As of this writing, the exact terms of the extension have yet to be released. In another tweet from the White Sox, there was this quote from GM Rick Hahn:
“…There was never really any question in our minds as to who we wanted in the White Sox dugout now and into the future.”
The Pale Hose took a chance when they hired Robin Ventura to be their skipper. He had never had any previous managerial experience, but Ventura was a member of the White Sox front office having served as a special advisor to the director of player development. In that role, he traveled to each minor-league affiliate and evaluated player performance. Seems the trend these days is to get a guy that doesn’t have managerial experience so that he can be molded to a club’s liking, not the other way around.
Over his first two seasons as the White Sox manager, Ventura owns a record of 148-176. In Ventura’s first season, the team posted a 85-77 record and finished second in the AL Central, three games behind the Detroit Tigers. The club was in the mix for the division until the season’s final weekend.
This past season; however, it appeared the wheels had fallen off as Chicago finished 2013 in the ALC cellar with a record of 63-99.