When Robin Ventura was brought on to manage the Chicago White Sox in the offseason, many, including myself, thought that the 2012 campaign would be filled with headache after headache.
While watching Matt Thornton hang a slider or Gordon Beckham strike out in a pivotal moment in the game takes it toll on South Siders, Ventura has this team in first place.
With a record of 66-55, the White Sox find themselves with a slight two-game advantage over Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. Oh wait, I meant the Detroit Tigers.
Although I cannot predict what's going to happen over the last six weeks of the season, laying out the framework of where the team is at will allow you to form your own opinion.
While his stint managing the Chi Sox has been short, Ventura's decision making and general attitude toward the game have fostered a series of long-term effects.