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“I run the gamut on different styles and smart baseball men and just different ways to communicate and get guys to play,” he said.
What kind of manger will he be? Yet to be determined. He said he wants players who care and are accountable.
Ventura was a first-round draft pick of the White Sox out of Oklahoma State in 1988 and spent the first 10 seasons of his 16-year career with Chicago.
After leaving the White Sox, Ventura also played for the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was six-time Gold Glove winner and an All-Star in 1992 and 2002.
Ventura’s selection came as a big surprise. Most speculation had the White Sox’s top candidates as either Tampa Rays coach Dave Martinez or Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Both are former White Sox players.
But Ventura was always on Williams’ radar.
“Needless to say he was a little surprised and little apprehensive,” Williams said. “We had to explain to him exactly what the support system would be and exactly what are expectations were at the start. I was very clear with him that I do not expect him to be Tony La Russa on day one. In our estimation the fit is such that all of that will come together and we will ultimately be better off down the line that we could be if _ in my opinion _ we went in a different direction.”
Pitching coach Don Cooper and first base coach Harold Baines were already re-signed to multiyear contract extensions before the season ended. Hitting coach Greg Walker is not returning. Other staff additions will be announced by Tuesday when Ventura will have his first news conference at U.S. Cellular Field
Ventura batted hit .267 with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBIs over his career. His 18 career grand slams are tied for fifth in major league history.
He appeared in 1,254 games over 10 seasons with the White Sox, hitting .274 with 171 home runs and 741 RBI. He ranks among the White Sox career leaders in grand slams, walks, homers, RBIs, extra-base hits and runs scored.
Ventura led Oklahoma State to the College World Series and still holds the Division I record with a 58-game hitting streak.
Guillen left after he couldn’t get a contract extension from owner Jerry Reinsdorf. His relationship with Williams had become fractured over the last two seasons.
Now another White Sox player is back to try and get the team into another World Series. Guillen led them to the title in 2005, ending an 88-year drought.
Just like Guillen, Ventura is a big favorite of Reinsdorf.
“His ability to motivate and lead others will be a terrific attribute as manager,” Reinsdorf said in a statement. “I loved him as a player, from his baseball knowledge, to his professionalism, to how he went about his business in the clubhouse and on the diamond.”
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