Sunday, September 29, 2013
Ventura ready to turn page on 2013
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- At the end of a lost season for his team, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura seems pleased to be moving on from the second worst record in franchise history.
“As you move toward the end of the season you start making adjustments looking ahead,” Ventura said. “That all starts tomorrow.”
After losing 99 games, finding a silver lining is not an easy task for Ventura.
“Any time you go through a season like this it is not easy to keep pushing forward,” he said. “This is not fun, but you need the commitment of moving forward in order to get better. I am not sure I can point a finger as to what you really learn (from losing), you know for sure you don’t like going through anything like this.”
Ventura will return to his California home and wait to see what kind of moves the front office makes in response to this disappointing season.
“We have to make adjustments,” he said. “That will all depend on what happens personnel-wise. We have added some young players here at the end that we did not have last spring training. We hopefully will get some players in here to turn this thing around. We need the others who are still here to get better.”
Ventura, who now enters his last year under his original three-year contract, had a simple final message for his players.
“At first you should go home and enjoy your family,” he said. “When you do start to work out again, remember how this tastes. It isn’t a lot of fun, so you need to understand you don’t want to go through this again.”