Who says you can’t go home again?
The Chicago White Sox have just announced former Mets third baseman Robin Ventura as their new manager.
Ventura, 44, agreed to a multiyear deal with the club after working the past season as a special advisor to director of player development Buddy Bell.
“When I met with the media as our season ended, I identified one person at the very top of my managerial list,” general manager Ken Williams said in a statement. “I wanted someone who met very specific criteria centered around his leadership abilities. Robin Ventura was that man. His baseball knowledge and expertise, his professionalism, his familiarity with the White Sox and Chicago and his outstanding character make him absolutely the right person to lead our clubhouse and this organization into the seasons ahead.”
Ventura replaces Ozzie Guillen, who left the White Sox for the Florida Marlins. He had a 16 year career in the majors that included stints with the White Sox from 1989-98 and Mets from 1999-2001. He was a two-time All-Star (1992, 2002) and finished with a .267 batting average, 294 home runs, and six Gold Gloves.
Ventura said in a statement. “My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Chicago. Managing a Major League Baseball team is a tremendous honor. It’s also an opportunity and a challenge. I am excited to begin my career as a manager surrounded by former teammates, staff, media and White Sox fans I know very well. I already am looking forward to talking to our players, to this offseason and to getting things underway at spring training next February.”
Good luck in Chi-Town!