Managing the 2017 Chicago White Sox will be Robin Ventura’s job — if he wants it.
Writer Bob Nightengale is reporting that the White Sox are welcoming Ventura back as the club’s manager for the 2017 season. The team will offer him a new contract to manage the club, despite another disappointing season on the South Side.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity since there has been no public announcement, and contract negotiations have yet to commence.
The White Sox’s decision to bring back Ventura comes as a bit of a surprise, given the club’s disappointing 76-81 record in a season they expected to contend.
Yet, the White Sox front office refuses to blame him for their woes.
The White Sox overcame a national story regarding Adam LaRoche and his son, Drake, in Spring Training to get off to a hot start. But they eventually cooled down and found themselves in fourth place in the AL Central.
Another low point came in the Summer before a game against the Detroit Tigers in which ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start after he cut up the throwback jerseys the team was supposed to wear.
Prior to that, the White Sox turned down a “huge” offer for Sale, according to reports.
They will have to win their remaining games to avoid a fourth-consecutive losing season and Ventura will end 2016 with his career record below .500.