Friday, January 24, 2014
Robin Ventura gets extension
The Chicago White Sox and manager Robin Ventura agreed to a multiyear contract extension on Friday.
Robin Ventura has put to rest any questions about his future with the White Sox.
Ventura, 46, has gone 148-176 in two seasons with the White Sox. He turned down an extension before the 2013 season, leading to speculation that he might not be interested in managing beyond his original contract.
"For me it's misconstrued that I didn't want to do this," Ventura said Friday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "I think last year going into it with Rick [Hahn] going into it as his first year as GM I just wanted him to have a full year to go through it, his first time going through it as a GM and make sure he felt comfortable that I was the right guy for the job. We had time to do that.
"The way the season went, it didn't go the way we wanted, but we did spend a lot of time together discussing immediate stuff as well as into the future. Then we got to talk about this and see how we wanted to move forward. I'm excited about staying here with him as the GM."
Ventura was a finalist for American League Manager of the Year in 2012 after leading the White Sox to 85 wins and a second-place finish in the AL Central. They slipped to 63-99 and last place last season.
"Jerry, Kenny, Robin and I have had many conversations about our objectives in both the short and long term," Hahn said in a statement. "We are in complete agreement with the direction and vision for this organization in 2014 and beyond. I have great confidence that Robin's leadership and direction will help us reach our goals, and there was never really any question in our minds as to who we wanted in the White Sox dugout now and into the future."
Ventura spent 16 seasons primarily as a third baseman with the White Sox.