Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura did something that not many would do, he turned down a contract extension. Ventura is entering the second year of his three year contract and the team was impressed enough to offer him a fourth season. That decision by the team is of no surprise as a rookie manager, with no experience he led his team to 85 victories and was a Manager of the Year finalist. Surprisingly though Robin turned the offer down, instead deciding to focus on the present.
This isn’t to say that he won’t manage after his current contract expires. He’s just not ready to commit to anything past it.
“You can see doing it longer, I think there’s also a point where it needs to be somebody else,” Ventura said Tuesday in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. “I think you can either burn out or people stop listening to you, or that affect goes away. When that happens, then it’s time for somebody else to do it.” (CSN-Chicago)
Crazy thing is after hearing that quote you’d almost think Robin isn’t sure if he wants to keep managing. Almost like he’s not sure if he can do the job. Or maybe just not sure if he can handle the long term pressures of the position.
The Comcast Sports Net interview goes on though and you see that’s actually not the case. It sounds like Robin really enjoys his job and just take each season as it comes.
Ventura said Tuesday, “I love what I’m doing.” It’s a statement he wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to make when he first accepted the job. He admitted going into last season with some trepidation. But now with a full season of managing under his belt, he now sees himself possibly staying in the job longer than he originally thought–even if he’s not ready to sign on the dotted line.
“I think it changes how I thought about it last year. I was just trying to get through three years of it, just to make sure I can concentrate on that and get it done the right way,” he said. “Some people think they’re going to do it for a long time and it doesn’t work out that way, so I’m just enjoying each season as it comes, to be prepared for it and enjoy it.” (CSN-Chicago)
To me it seems like Ventura just doesn’t want to wear out his welcome. “You could probably do it for most of your life,” Ventura said. “But I don’t see it happening forever.”
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