White Sox’ Robin Ventura wants to fix things in ’14, keep managing
September 20, 2013 11:28PM
Updated: October 22, 2013 6:16AM
DETROIT — A historically bad White Sox season hasn’t soured manager Robin Ventura’s feelings about his job. Ventura, in the second year of a three-year contract, said Friday he wants to continue managing beyond 2014.
It’s the first time Ventura has publicly expressed a desire to continue. He declined a contract extension during spring training, saying he would assess his and management’s desires after next year. It led some to believe he wasn’t all that enthused about managing.
That’s not the case.
“I envision doing more,’’ Ventura said. “I would like to do more.’’
A surprise hire before last season, Ventura said Friday he wasn’t sure then if he wanted to go beyond three years.
“I’d like to fulfill what I’m doing, and when we get done with three, [general manager] Rick [Hahn] and I will talk, and I’m sure [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] will be in there,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘If they want me to do this, I would like to do it. Both sides have to be in agreement for that to happen, but the way I got the job, it’s fair that at the end of three you can look at it again and see if they still think I’m the right guy to do it.’’
Hahn believes Ventura is the right guy for the job despite the team’s record, which fell to 60-93 with the Tigers’ 12-5 victory in a steady rain. Hahn said the time to talk contract, though, is later.
“My previous comments supporting Robin speak for themselves, and I do not see the need to publicly discuss his contract any further at this time,’’ Hahn wrote in an email. “As Robin suggested, there will be a time for that, and it’s not now.’’
Ventura won 85 games last season and is trying to dodge 100 losses this year. He said he still enjoys the job but not the losing.
“I like the job coming in here every day,’’ he said. “The losing part does wear on you, and it’s not fun, but the idea is to change that and to figure out a way to do that. That’s part of the fun.’’
Aside from trying to win three more games in the last nine to avoid 100 losses, Ventura is trying to send a message that this brand of baseball can’t go on.
“It’s being ready to come back [next season] knowing this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be,’’ he said. “Even for the young guys, that this is not the standard. So don’t expect this to be the way it is.’’
The Sox have lost eight of the last 10 and 17 of 21.
NOTES: John Danks has made his last start of the season, Robin Ventura said Friday. The left-hander, who had shoulder surgery last August, hasn’t missed a start since coming off the disabled list in May. Danks (4-14, 4.75 ERA) could have made one more.
“You’re looking at what he’s done and what he needs to do to get back,” Ventura said. “He’s pitched a lot from spring training on and even before spring training. We were even rushing him along to see what we could get. He’s done his work. And now he needs to rest and get back his strength and go.”
◆ Rookie right-hander Andre Rienzo was scratched from his scheduled start because of a blister on his pitching hand. Dylan Axelrod (4-10) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 22/3 innings in his place.
◆ Avisail Garcia, back from a four-game leave for the birth of his first child, hit a two-run homer off Max Scherzer (20-3) and a stand-up triple off Jose Alvarez. Dayan Viciedo, whose wife gave birth to the couple’s second child, Dayana, replaced Garcia on paternity leave.
◆ The Sox made two errors, raising their total to 117, 47 more than last season.