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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Ventura recharged heading into 2014

Just don’t recharge the mound.

As of now, Ventura still is not sure what that roster will look like.

“You go through a season like you did last year, there are changes,” Ventura said of the Sox’s 63-99 year. “When you make changes you would, for the most part, like to have a lot of young guys who are good and you have control over for a lot of years. But you also want guys who are established and you know what you’re going to get.”

...At least the infusion of youth could help bring about the refreshed attitude Ventura hopes to see soon in his group.

“It’s good for everybody to get away (after a season), but toward the end of the year you want everybody to refocus and come (to spring training) committed and prepared and ready to go,” Ventura said. “If you’re not showing up ready to prove last year wrong, then you shouldn’t be coming because it was tough for everybody and it’s not fun to watch either.”

There’s enough to focus on that Ventura said last week he doesn’t think about 2014 being the final season of his three-year contract. He turned down an extension in 2012 but said after the 2013 season that he wants to continue to manage, if Hahn wants him.

“I enjoy doing what I’m doing,” Ventura said. “I love who I work for. I’m just getting ready for the season, and whatever happens from here on happens. … If for some reason Rick wants somebody else to do this, then he’s going to have somebody else do this. That’s just the way it works.”

Repoz Posted: December 14, 2013 at 06:19 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. madvillain Posted: December 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM (#4618198)
Ventura gets a pass for last year as the Sox had a ton of moving pieces and most of them were horse #### pieces. That said, if his team plays the same awful fundamental baseball it did last year , it's time to end the experiement. He's good with the media and seems to run a pretty happy ship, but some of the stuff last year base running and simple fielding wise was straight out of a horror show.

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