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How Chicago White Sox's Robin Ventura Will Repeat Rookie-Manager Success

Is Ventura telling Big Donkey a joke?
Is Ventura telling Big Donkey a joke?Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Matthew SmithCorrespondent IIIDecember 18, 2012

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura will repeat the success he found as a rookie manager. In fact, Ventura will improve upon what he accomplished in 2012 for the White Sox next season.

The reasoning begins with the man himself.

Ventura found success during his first year as White Sox skipper because he is an exceptional communicator.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn noted as much when he told ESPN.com’s Doug Padilla that from “communicating with the players to setting the tone to focus on what helps us win that night’s game,” Ventura reaches his players.

And while the GM heaps praise upon him, Ventura is not satisfied with the successes found in 2012 and knows that growth is the result of hard work.

"Any time you go into something and you think you know it all or are done learning, you're going backwards," Ventura told MLB.com's White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin.

"Getting better," Ventura continued,"with in-game stuff, in-between game stuff and even after-game stuff with you guys would hopefully be what I get better at."

See—for as much success as 2012 brought—Ventura knows he must improve. That is step one in avoiding a drop-off during his second year at the helm.

Now, the other reason Ventura will be able to build off of the 2012 season relates to the on-field talent.

The White Sox have a solid 25-man roster, and their strength appears to be the pitching—both their starting rotation and their bullpen.

Headlined by Chris Sale and Jake Peavy, the White Sox will have at least six quality arms—seven, if Gavin Floyd is not dealt—to open next season against the Kansas City Royals.

In addition to what should be excellent starting pitching, the bullpen that found success in 2012 will be a year older. And when there were as many as five rookies coming out of the pen at any one time last season, a year older means more than it may seem.

Offensively, there are some question marks, especially if A.J. Pierzynski departs via free agency. But then again, it wasn’t the offense that put the White Sox in a position to steal the AL Central last year.

For as much as the pitching staff let the team down late in the season, it was largely an overachieving group of young pitchers that led the way to a second-place finish in the division.

From former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre to Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, the sentiment is nearly universal.

Ventura did one heck of a job in 2012. 

With no desire to rest on his laurels, the respect of his players and a pitching staff that should only be better, Ventura will exceed the success he found during his first year at the helm.

 

@MatthewSmithBR

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