Monday, February 17, 2014
Ventura is vague on camp changes
By Doug Padilla
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Position players will report to big league camp Thursday, and while changes are expected in the Chicago White Sox’s spring training routine, manager Robin Ventura was coy on the subject.
Last season’s offensive struggles were addressed when former hitting coach Jeff Manto was fired even before the season ended. Todd Steverson was hired away from the Oakland Athletics organization and is in the midst of implementing a revamped hitting strategy that emphasizes strike-zone management.
Addressing the defense and baserunning figures to be more subtle, but those areas will no doubt be taken into account once the full team takes the field this week. One area already addressed on the baserunning side is the arrival of Adam Eaton to take over in center field for Alejandro De Aza, who had the most issues on the base paths last year.
If new drills or extended camp days are coming, Ventura wasn’t revealing much.
“I don’t know if it’s tweaks to where everybody would notice, but there are things that we saw maybe in the last couple of years that you just wanted to change,” Ventura said. “We’ll flip some things around but it’s not like we’re inventing the game. We’re still doing things that you have to be ready for during the season.”
Asked specifically if the changes will address defense and baserunning, Ventura didn’t want to just limit it to those two areas.
“It’s everything,” he said. “Because last year was the way it was, it doesn’t mean that’s the only thing we’re going to [address]. We’re going to touch on everything and make sure everybody understands it and you’re ready to execute it.”