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.
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.