But the guy who would set the rotation for the Sox pitching staff remained in place and he’s on the South Side to stay.
It’s still unknown how long and at what price Ventura is being called on to lead the team’s rebuilding, but you have to figure that both numbers were set with keeping the young skipper happy, even if his first three seasons as manager came with a losing record and his 2013 campaign brought one of the worst seasons in recent franchise history (63-99).
One good thing about the early irrelevance of last season was that it gave Sox management a long look to see how Ventura dealt with the team’s younger talent, including key pickups like Avisail Garcia, who are to become cornerstone pieces of the Sox’s next era. With another big piece having come in the off-season (Jose Abreu) some thoughts were given outside the Sox that another manager may be of need, a guy more used to leading young latin talent, an old friend as it were… but given the quotes Ventura offered on Chicago sports radio today, it seemed like he was weighing his options more than anything else.
In the end, the Sox are dealing with a manager who truly feels devoted to the franchise and its movement forward while Ventura is dealing with a front office who only fires guys under extreme circumstances — this was a match made for an extension. Now its time to see if, like that previous former Sox player, Ventura can make a rag-tag group of mismatched Sox in his own image that can win and compete with the Rays and Yankees of the world.
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