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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Chicago Tribune - Kane: White Sox sign manager Robin Ventura to multi-year contract extension

The former Sox third baseman has gone 148-176 in two seasons since then-GM Ken Williams hired him in the fall of 2011 with no managerial experience. Hahn said Ventura had provided stability for a team that went 85-77 in 2012, then stumbled to one of the worst seasons in club history.

“We saw in 2012 and 2013 two extremes in terms of being a first-place club (for most of the season) and being a club that was disappointing ... and throughout each of those extremes, Robin’s leadership was unwavering,” Hahn said. “His communication, his ability to teach at the big league level, his enthusiasm, his baseball intellect — all the things we were looking for in a manager — were the same at our highest highs and our lowest lows. And that level of stability is what we want from a leader in the dugout.”

Ventura declined an extension before the 2013 season, but he said Friday the decision wasn’t a sign he was uncertain he wanted to manage the Sox. Instead, he said, he wanted Hahn to have another season to judge his performance and their fit together.

Brilliant or disaster?

Lassus Posted: January 25, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4646373)
   2. Kiko Sakata Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4646377)
Brilliant or disaster?

Curious, certainly. Hahn looks like a pretty good GM so far, although it's far too early to judge. And it seems impossible to really get a good feel for how good a manager Robin Ventura is. The White Sox did better than most people expected in 2012, I think, but I can't imagine you see a lot of managers signing extensions coming off of 99-loss seasons.

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