Who saw that coming?
White Sox fans can dust off their No. 23 jerseys from the 90s and bring them back to "The Cell," Robin Ventura is back.
In a shocking, unheralded move, the White Sox bring a guy in that has no managerial experience whatsoever. Stop me if you've heard that before.
Before we gather in a collective tear-fest of missing out on big name guys like Terry Francona and Sandy Alomar Jr., let's assess this situation for what it is. It's clearly a move to save money, which the White Sox so desperately needed to do.
But that, however, shouldn't turn us off of a guy like Ventura. He's an incredible student of the game, and has been beloved by White Sox fans ever since he left in 1998. Sooner rather than later, we'll see if this gamble pays dividends. I think it will.
The fact is, Robin Ventura has been beloved by White Sox fans ever since he left in 1998. That sort of love garners one thing: trust. This team will be faced with an alarming amount of questions next season and they will need to make some brash decisions to make it anywhere.
With Ventura at the helm, White Sox fans will trust that every team that's out there on the field is the best possible combination to win that evening. Sure, there are the undying pessimists of White Sox fandom, but eventually, they'll come around.
Another huge reason Ventura was hired was to expedite the learning processes of the youngsters, especially third baseman Brent Morel. Morel fell well below expectations last season, something White Sox fans will not forget. With Ventura, you get a guy who was one of the premier third baseman of his generation, a great guy to learn from.
Expect Ventura to take Morel under his wing and help him mature into the third baseman that everyone expects. Ventura is a six-time Gold Glove winner, and has hit nearly 300 home runs in his career, so the experience is there. Ventura will be a good mentor to the youth on the White Sox ready to take it to the next level.
I, personally, am a fan of the hire. Sure, he may not have been the sexiest name out there, but that doesn't always matter, especially a guy we haven't seen manage a game before. Yes, the White Sox are using the same blueprint as with Ozzie Guillen, but I think that worked out well for quite a bit, didn't it?
Since watching "Ace" Ventura at an early age, I've seen a selfless guy willing to do anything to get the team to where it needs to be. Don't expect Ventura to stop that anytime soon. He knows what it's like to be a member of the White Sox and knows what will be expected of him. It may take him, and the team awhile, to find success, and they may never do so, but let's calm ourselves for the moment.
Everyone knows that Reinsdorf and Co. were looking to save a little green on the move, but they did it with the right guy. Ventura knows the game of baseball as well as any candidate out there, the familiarity just makes it a little easier. So get on the bandwagon now. Inevitably, this team will do well at some point under his leadership, the roster is too stacked and young for it to not happen.
Let's take Robin in as what he is: one of our own.