I have to admit, I’m a bit flabbergasted.
MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the White Sox have named Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen as manager.
GM Kenny Williams says Ventura topped his managerial wish list.
“I wanted someone who met very specific criteria centered around his leadership abilities,” Williams said in a statement. “Robin Ventura was that man.”
I didn’t even know that Ventura was in the running for manager. I’d heard Dave Martinez, Sandy Alomar, and other such names. But not Robin’s. Hell, I didn’t even know that Robin was in the organization, but it turns out he has been since June of 2011 as a special advisor to director of player development Buddy Bell.
Interesting. I’ll have more thoughts once I can read more about KW’s decision-making here. But this is the guy who signed Adam Dunn, traded for Jake Peavy, and claimed Alex Rios off waivers…so I have complete trust in him.
Obviously I loved Robin Ventura as a player, so it will be exciting, at least at first, to still have a former on-field legend calling the shots from the dugout. Time will tell if he can be as successful at is as Ozzie was (for a while, anyway).
My final thought before I sign off to go read reports of this is: for obvious reasons, let’s just hope the White Sox never face the Rangers, and their legendary team president, in a playoff series…
Update: Ventura as White Sox manager is also being reported by ESPN. Apparently this out-of-nowhere hire is true.