Sox GM Kenny Williams hired Robin Ventura yesterday to manage the Chicago White Sox. In a move no one saw coming, many in Chicago are asking today why a man with no managerial experience would be selected to run a professional club? Good question.
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Williams tried to explain the hire:
“I do not expect him to be Tony La Russa on day one. But I know this — I know in our estimation, the fit is such that all of that can come together and we ultimately would be better off down the line than we would be, in my opinion, if we took a different direction.
“It begs for me to expound to a greater degree. It is in your mind, and many of our fans’ minds, that this was something that was off the radar.
“But it’s definitely not off the radar in our estimation.”
Ventura will look to turn around a club that finished 79-83 and saw attendance slump last season. So will 2012 be a rebuilding year for the team and new manager:
“There are a lot of (players on the roster) who aren’t rebuilding guys. There are young guys mixed in and some guys who might have had a down year, but I know there are some good players and I’ve seen teams rebound from seasons like that.
“We just go to spring training and do the work. Whatever happens, happens. But I feel confident going into the year we’re going to win some games.”