Robin Ventura was hired on October 6, 2011 to be the Chicago White Sox 39th manger. He succeeded the controversial Ozzie Guillen, who left to be the manager of the new look Miami Marlins. In Robin Ventura’s two seasons at the helm of the Chicago White Sox, they have gone just 148-176.
In 2012, Ventura’s first season as manager, the White Sox were in first place for much of season. The division rival Detroit Tigers later caught fire with a week to go, and stole first place right out of the Sox’s hands. The White Sox finished three games out of first place, missed the playoffs, and finished 85-77. Ventura was a finalist for AL Manager of the Year, but finished third behind the A’s Bob Melvin and the O’s Buck Showalter.
2013 was a completely different story for Ventura and his White Sox. They struggled the whole season, and finished one game away from 100 loses at 63-99. The Sox were the worst fielding team in the MLB, committing 121 errors, and an MLB worse .980 fielding percentage. Not only did their offense struggle, the pitching was just as bad, if not worse. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana were really the only consistent starting pitchers, and the bullpen was not so bright either.
After a rebuilding year, Ventura will look to bounce back in 2014, The Sox future doesn’t look so bad. This offseason, they made some moves. They signed Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu to a 6- year $68 million dollar deal, traded for prospects like Adam Eaton, Matt Davidson, and Avisail Garcia, then later re-signed long time White Sox Paul Konerko to a one year deal. The White Sox announced the deal today around 1:00 PM on their twitter page. “There was never really any question in our minds as to who we wanted in the White Sox dugout now and into the future,” said White Sox GM Rick Hahn on Ventura.