White Sox GM Hahn would like Ventura to stay ‘for a long time’
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter November 13, 2013 10:46PM
Updated: November 14, 2013 12:01AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost no change is out of the question for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn as he looks to significantly improve his 99-loss team.
But the lame-duck manager who declined an extension before presiding over the Sox’ worst season in 43 years?
Despite what it looks like from the outside, Robin Ventura’s job security might be stronger than that of most managers.
“We’re both interested in being together for a long time,” Hahn said as the general managers meetings concluded Wednesday. “We’re both motivated to get this thing on track and to a level of sustained success we can all be proud of.”
Ventura has said he wants to let his three-year deal play out before worrying about an extension. Hahn said he has seen everything he needs from Ventura to feel confident he has the right man for the job.
“I’ve seen both extremes,” Hahn said. “In 2012, we had a club in first place roughly 120 days and a team that he kept consistently on track as best he could, as well as the other extreme where the season’s in dire straits from early on and how he reacted.
Scary for Jerry
As if the baseball year couldn’t get any worse for Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, he added one more thing that needs fixing after a train wreck of a season: his car.
About 20 minutes after leaving the team’s spring-training home in Glendale, Ariz., Reinsdorf was involved in a frightening three-car accident while driving 65 mph on Interstate 10 in Phoenix last week. No one was hurt, but his car didn’t fare as well, he said.
Reinsdorf, who is in Orlando as the weeklong event shifts to owners meetings, was philosophical as he talked about getting cut off by another driver and slamming on his brakes.
“I’m in good health, but I could get hit by a bus,” he said. “And then this.”
Reinsdorf didn’t want to talk about Sox baseball as he bantered with reporters, particularly after the worst season in his three decades of ownership.
“Every day when I get up, I keep hoping that I’m waking up from a dream and that never happened,” he said.
Cy Young winners
Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers were voted Cy Young Award winners.
Kershaw won the prize as the National League’s best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after leading the majors with a 1.83 ERA.
He drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot.
Scherzer won the American League honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes.