Chicago White Sox: Rationalizing the Robin Ventura Hire

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Chicago White Sox:  Rationalizing the Robin Ventura Hire
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Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams stunningly hired Robin Ventura as manager on Thursday.  The hire came completely out of left field.

Ventura had no major or minor league coaching experience.  He had been hired by the White Sox as special adviser to player development director Buddy Bell on June 6.  Ventura's only coaching experience came as an assistant manager for a high school team.

Ventura was not on Williams's list of candidates for the position.  Further, Ventura was not mentioned at all as a possible replacement for former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.

Williams passed on more qualified candidates such as Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and two-time World Series champion Terry Francona.

Speaking on 670 WSCR-AM Chicago shortly after the announcement of the hire, Sports Illustrated writer Jon Heyman said, "I never heard of the guy (in the discussion of candidates)."

The only plausible reason is money.  White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf likely didn't want to put up money for Francona.

Other ideas can rationalize the hire--without issuing an approving nod.  Following are some rationalizing thoughts.

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