Robin Ventura
American baseball player and manager
Robin Ventura
Robin Mark Ventura is the current manager of the Chicago White Sox. He is a former professional baseball player, a third baseman who played for four major league teams, most notably for the White Sox through the 1990s.
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White Sox express sadness over Robin Ventura's departure, hope for future
Chicago Times - 5 months
As the White Sox clubhouse emptied of players and their belongings Sunday evening, some players who lingered expressed both sadness at the Robin Ventura era coming to an end and hope the team will be better when they return next year under new leadership. Ventura said he understood the team needed...
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Reports: Manager Robin Ventura not expected to return to White Sox
ABC News - 5 months
The? Chicago White Sox?are not expected to retain Robin Ventura as manager and will replace him with bench coach Rick Renteria, according to multiple reports. The Chicago Sun-Times?was first to report news of the White Sox's intended move. Ventura is completing the final year of a deal that began before the start of the 2012 season. In an odd scene after Chicago's 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night, general manager Rick Hahn declined interview requests, and White Sox players claimed they hadn't heard about the report or Ventura's status. "We've been over this," Ventura said after the game. "I'll talk at the end of the year." Hahn relayed a message through a team spokesman that he would answer questions at a news conference Monday scheduled by the team. "You guys are telling me something I haven't even heard about," third baseman Todd Frazier said, adding that "I love Robin. I love...
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White Sox will retain Robin Ventura if he wants to return: report
Chicago Times - 5 months
Robin Ventura has managed the White Sox to five straight seasons without the playoffs, but the team reportedly will retain him beyond this season if he wants to return. Ventura’s contract expires after this season, and many viewed him on the hot seat, as he has compiled a 373-432 record since being...
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White Sox praise Cubs but aren't necessarily pulling for them
Chicago Times - 5 months
Jose Abreu and Robin Ventura stopped short of saying they will root, root, root for the Cubbies to win the franchise's first World Series title since 1908. But the two White Sox said they wish their neighbors to the north well when they begin their quest to be the best in baseball Oct. 7 in the...
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Robin Ventura has vivid memories of 9/11 aftermath in New York
Chicago Times - 5 months
Fifteen years later, bagpipes still make Robin Ventura choke up. A member of the Mets when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, the White Sox manager has vivid memories of the aftermath of the tragedy that changed America 15 years ago Sunday. Shea Stadium,...
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As contract nears end, Robin Ventura says he remains invested in White Sox
Chicago Times - 6 months
As the White Sox head into the final month and a half of the season, speculation is sure to increase about the future of manager Robin Ventura, who is in the final year of his contract. Ventura, who owns a 353-412 record over nearly five years as manager, said Sunday he would expect a decision...
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Chris Sale returns to White Sox after suspension - ESPN
Google News - 7 months
ESPN Chris Sale returns to White Sox after suspension ESPN CHICAGO -- When White Sox ace Chris Sale returns to his team Thursday to face the crosstown Cubs at Wrigley Field, he'll find a clubhouse a little happier than the one he left. Sale hasn't been allowed around his teammates during his five-day ... Here's what manager Robin Ventura expects in Chris Sale's return ThursdayFOXSports.com Chris Sale returns from suspension, teammates welcome him back 'with open arms'Washington Times White Sox's Chris Sale not crazy, just competitiveUSA TODAY CBSSports.com -The Cheat Sheet -Today's Knuckleball (blog) -MLB.com all 172 news articles »
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Pujols' two-run homers power Angels past White Sox, 8-1, for sweep
LATimes - 7 months
Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura watched Jered Weaver with a unique mix of amazement, bewilderment, and resentment Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium. “You sit there,” Ventura said, “and you marvel at the fact that it’s not going very hard.” Sunday was the second time Ventura has scrutinized...
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Robin Ventura sees no issue with Chris Sale starting All-Star Game
Chicago Times - 8 months
Robin Ventura is sold on Chris Sale possibly starting the All-Star Game on July 12 in San Diego. Or pitching in it, for that matter. With Sale (14-2) scheduled to start Friday against the Braves, the White Sox manager said Monday he doesn't see any potential conflicts should American League manager...
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Rick Hahn won't publicly second-guess Robin Ventura's in-game decisions
Chicago Times - 9 months
White Sox manager Robin Ventura has been the target of criticism for his in-game management during a seven-game losing streak that cost the Sox first place in the American League Central. But general manager Rick Hahn said Tuesday that he will not publicly second guess Ventura’s in-game decision...
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White Sox opener at Kansas City postponed due to rain
Chicago Times - 9 months
Thursday's opener of the White Sox-Royals series was postponed due to rain and high winds. Sox manager Robin Ventura saw it coming. "It doesn't look that good when you get some notices on your phone,"  Ventura said, referring to the emergency flash flood warnings that popped up. "We'll see." The...
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Rick Hahn: Robin Ventura deserves 'world of credit' for White Sox start
Chicago Times - 10 months
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn let out a long laugh when asked Tuesday how nice it was that there weren't so many questions about manager Robin Ventura's status this year. Ventura entered the season with one year left on his contract, and after three straight losing seasons at the Sox helm,...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robin Ventura
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 44
    Ventura's first ejection as a manager came on May 30, 2012, when he was thrown out by umpire Mark Wegner while protesting Wegner's ejection of White Sox pitcher José Quintana.
    More Details Hide Details In Ventura's first season as their manager, the White Sox finished 85–77, just three games behind the AL Central-Champion Detroit Tigers. Ventura was a finalist to be the American League Manager of the Year, which was ultimately awarded to Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin. Ventura has provided color commentary for the College World Series. In 2010, he worked as a color commentator for the Little League Southwest Region Finals on ESPN along with Carter Blackburn. Third basemen with most 90-RBI seasons Note: Schmidt also had one 90-RBI season as a first baseman; Jones had two 90-RBI seasons as a left fielder. Third basemen with highest career slugging average (Minimum 1500 games at 3B)
  • 2011
    Age 43
    Robin Ventura was named the 39th manager for the Chicago White Sox on October 6, 2011, succeeding interim manager Don Cooper (who succeeded Ozzie Guillén for two games).
    More Details Hide Details Ventura is the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    Ventura returned to Shea Stadium for the final game on September 28, 2008 for the closing ceremonies, with ex-teammates Edgardo Alfonzo, John Franco, Todd Zeile, and Mike Piazza.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 37
    On November 18, 2005, Ventura underwent an ankle allograft.
    More Details Hide Details Following the surgery and rehabilitation, he now walks without pain and without a limp. He also sometimes appears on ESPNU as an anchor.
  • 1999
    Age 31
    In Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series, Ventura hit the "Grand Slam Single" that won the game but did not actually become a home run because he was unable to complete the circuit around the base paths.
    More Details Hide Details Later in his playing career, cartilage and arthritis issues in his ankle hampered his abilities in the field. After the 2011 season, the White Sox hired him to be manager, making him the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    Ventura's 1997 ankle injury—a compound fracture and dislocation—also affected his leg muscles, which began to atrophy following the accident.
    More Details Hide Details Full strength in his leg never returned, and the daily pain from his ankle and leg contributed to Ventura's decision to retire from baseball. After retirement, Ventura limped badly and was forced to walk with a cane regularly.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    When play resumed in following the 1994 strike, Ventura had ten errors in the first ten games.
    More Details Hide Details He spent some time at first base that year amid trade rumors, but ended the year with a career-high .295 average, and on September 4 hit two grand slams in one game, the eighth player in history to do so and the first since Frank Robinson in 1970. The next season he won his fourth Gold Glove, reached new highs in fielding percentage, homers and RBIs, and set team records in career homers by a third baseman (142) and grand slams (9). When spring training began in the White Sox were picked by many to win their division. In a spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium, Ventura slid into home plate and caught his foot in the mud, suffering a broken and dislocated right ankle. The initial prognosis was that he would be lost for the season. However, Ventura returned on July 24, more than a week ahead of the most optimistic predictions. He collected the game-winning hit that night, and homered in his first at-bat the next evening. The White Sox did not make the playoffs, in part due to the "White Flag Trade".
  • 1993
    Age 25
    On August 4, 1993, during a game against the Texas Rangers, Ventura was hit by a pitch thrown by Nolan Ryan.
    More Details Hide Details Ventura charged the mound and started a bench-clearing brawl. This brawl was voted the top baseball brawl of all time by ESPN's Sportcenter. After Ventura charged the mound, Ryan, 20 years Ventura's senior, placed Ventura in a headlock and punched him several times.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    He was named to the 1990 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster and earned the starting third base role with the White Sox the next spring.
    More Details Hide Details While his rookie year was marred by an 0-for-41 slump and 25 errors, his 123 hits were the most by a White Sox rookie since Ozzie Guillén in 1985; he also led AL rookies with 150 games played. The next year he won his first Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence, set a team record for RBIs at third base, and led the AL in putouts. In, Ventura won another Gold Glove and earned a spot on the All-Star team. Following the season, Ventura's half-sister perished in an apartment fire near his home in California; Ventura missed the first three weeks of spring training to be with his family. saw his batting average drop 20 points to .262, though both his slugging and on-base percentages rose slightly. Ventura also collected his 500th hit that May and won his third straight Gold Glove, while becoming the first AL third baseman with three consecutive 90-RBI campaigns since Graig Nettles (1975–78). The White Sox appeared in the ALCS that year, Ventura's only playoff trip while in Chicago, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    After being picked tenth in the 1988 Major League Baseball draft by the White Sox, Ventura spent much of at AA Birmingham before joining the Sox that September.
    More Details Hide Details While in Birmingham, he earned a spot in the Southern League All-Star Game and was voted the league's top defensive third baseman.
    In 1988 he earned a spot on the gold medal-winning Olympic baseball team, batting .409 during the tournament.
    More Details Hide Details He won both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy for outstanding collegiate play, concluding his 3-year OSU career with a .428 batting average, a .792 slugging percentage, and 302 RBIs. On July 4, 2006, Ventura was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class.
    The White Sox selected Ventura with the tenth overall pick in the 1988 amateur draft from Oklahoma State University (OSU).
    More Details Hide Details He is a six-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, two-time MLB All-Star selection and a National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. While playing college baseball for the Cowboys at OSU, Ventura was a three-time All-American who authored a Division I-record 58-game hitting streak. In 1988, he won the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award and played for the gold medal-winning Olympic baseball team. While playing MLB, he hit 18 grand slams, ranking fifth all-time.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 19
    Ventura helped OSU reach the finals of the 1987 College World Series, although they lost the championship game to a Stanford University team that included future teammate Jack McDowell.
    More Details Hide Details Ventura collected four hits - including a pair of doubles - in the final game and batted .364 for the series. That summer, he played for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod Baseball League, hitting .370 and led the league in runs batted in with 37. On January 19, 2002, Ventura was inducted into the Cape League Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2001.
    In 1987, he had a NCAA-record 58-game hitting streak, breaking the previous record of 47; he also led Division I in RBIs two years in a row.
    More Details Hide Details His hitting streak remains the Division I record, though his mark was surpassed in 2003 by Damian Costantino of Division III Salve Regina University, who had a 60-game streak.
  • 1986
    Age 18
    He led the nation in runs (107), RBI (96) and total bases (204) in 69 games as a freshman in 1986.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born to parents John and Darlene Ventura on July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California, Ventura is of Italian and Portuguese descent.
    More Details Hide Details After attending Righetti High School in Orcutt, California, Ventura was a 3-time All-American at Oklahoma State University.
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