Ventura: ‘I’m in it for as long as I’m in it’
By Toni Ginnetti firstname.lastname@example.org June 8, 2013 1:30PM
Updated: June 9, 2013 1:01AM
White Sox manager Robin Ventura put to rest Saturday speculation that he might not stay on in the face of the team’s struggles this season.
“I think for one reason or another there are whispers of because it’s going like this, I’m not going to come back. That’s the furthest thing from the truth,” he said.
“For me, I’m in it for as long as I’m in it, and then you go from there. With the situation like this, I’d be ashamed to walk away just because it’s tough.
“I think that’s part of being in it with these guys. I’m here as much as they are as far as turning it around and being ready to go.”
Ventura is in the second year of a three-year contract. The team offered him an extension before the season but he declined, saying he preferred to see the current deal through first.
Because Ventura had no coaching or managing experience when he was hired to replace Ozzie Guillen, there was speculation he might not want to remain in the job long-term.
The team had a successful season under Ventura in his first year, but injuries and hitting and defensive struggles have plagued the team so far this season.
Ventura said he intends to honor his contract.
“It’s one of those [situations] where I know I have my contract and it’s going to go to there, and then you talk from there,” he said. “But because of this (losing) situation, I’m not (going to leave.)”