As the 2011 season came to an end for the Chicago White Sox, General Manager Kenny Williams met with the media regarding his search for the club's new manager. Williams said that he "identified one person at the top of [his] managerial list". No one expected that he was talking about former Chicago third baseman, Robin Ventura.
The announcement that Ventura would become the 38th manager of the Chicago White Sox shocked the baseball world. The media did a fine job of covering the possible candidates for the job.
After what could be classified as the most disappointing season in franchise history, Kenny Williams had to make a statement with his managerial hire. The statement he made was not exactly the one fans were looking for.
Considering the other options he had, Williams failed miserably in finding the correct man for the job. With the current state of the White Sox roster the way it is (expensive, aged, and underperforming), the team desperately needed a manager who could corral what talent is already there.
While Ventura was a very good player during his career and carries the knowledge to lead a major league club, he lacks the experience that will be needed to succeed in the position. Even someone like Martinez or Alomar would have had enough experience dealing with players to do well with the club.
The right man for the job seemed to fall right into Kenny Williams' lap. Just as the Chicago White Sox began their voyage to find a new skipper, the Boston Red Sox decided to part ways with theirs.
Although he led the single largest collapse in major league history, a fresh start could have spelled the answer to rejuvenate Terry Francona's career, and built the base for a dynasty in the American League Central.
If the 2012 season does not end with a better result than the season past, there may be another search for Jerry Reinsdorf to lead. However, instead of a manager, he may be looking for a new general manager.