White Sox Want Ventura Heavily Involved
CHICAGO—Robin Ventura didn't rejoin the White Sox's organization until this June, and he was serving only as a special adviser to farm director Buddy Bell.
But with the abrupt resignation of Ozzie Guillen, general manager Ken Williams took less than two weeks to name Ventura—who has no managerial experience—as his next manager.
Not only will Ventura, 44, serve as manager, but he also will be involved heavily in all facets of the Sox organization.
"I would just focus on what we're going to do moving forward," said Williams, who was careful not to draw comparisons between Ventura's expanded duties and those of Guillen, who had a contentious relationship with Williams and often thought winter ball in the Caribbean was a better test for prospect than the Arizona Fall League.
"Robin will be very involved in every aspect, whether it be player development and offseason conversation with the players, the coaches, the scouts, everything," Williams said. "That's just baseball and the way we like to do things. It's an all-inclusive style of management."
Known for his NCAA-record 58-game hitting streak at Oklahoma State in 1987 and his six Gold Glove Awards at third base, Ventura will be more hands-on, according to Williams.
This might be a sign of things to come for Ventura and the Sox, who are expected to trim their bloated $127 million payroll that produced a 79-83 record and will likely result in employing more young players from their farm system.
Triple-A Charlotte manager Joe McEwing was expected to be promoted to third-base coach, with a new hitting coach sought within the organization.
• Relievers Shane Lindsay, Josh Kinney, Kyle Cofield and Leyson Septimo were removed from the 40-man roster and outrighted to Charlotte. Reliever Tony Pena was activated from the 60-day disabled list and released.
• For the second consecutive year, catcher Josh Phegley was a last-minute scratch from the Arizona Fall League. Phegley sustained a small tear in a ligament in his left wrist and won't be allowed to perform any activities for up to six weeks. He was replaced by catcher Michael Blanke, who impressed several Sox instructors in instructional league.