As you’ve heard by now, the Chicago White Sox hired Robin Ventura as manager to replace Ozzie Guillen. In doing so they truly made a statement of what they are not; much more than what they are.
They went from a manager of loud, politically incorrect public statements to one who is as mild-mannered, and bland/vanilla as possible. They also showed that they are not the Chicago Cubs, who decided to retain Mike Quade, instead of hire Ryne Sandberg. Had the Cubs hired Sandberg it would have been exactly like what the Sox did today- hiring a fan favorite (read: one of the greatest Caucasian position player stars in a generation) to mollify the fan base.
A way to allay the dissenters among their own people.
People think this hire come out of nowhere, but that’s not entirely true. Ventura, a former All-Star and Gold Glove-winning third baseman, was hired as special advisor to Director of Player Development Buddy Bell just a few months ago. Yes, it’s quite a big jump the organizational lad...