As the Chicago White Sox dropped the season finale against the lowly Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon, most White Sox fans were just anxiously awaiting the postgame press conference.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was immediately asked by a reporter in the crowd whether he had made his decision in regards to his future with the team, to which Ventura replied, “I wont be back next year. I just feel like it’s the right time.”
Following a season of disappointment, underachievement, and repeated public relations blunders that amounted to a 78-84 record, Ventura officially announced that he will not return as the teams skipper in 2017. The White Sox posted a 375-435 record during Ventura’s five season tenure on the south side of Chicago. Ventura has been criticized often over his apparent lack of ability to tactically manage a game, as well as inability to create a winning product with what can be considered adequate talent over the past two seasons.
Ventura was straight to the point on Sunday afternoon, but he maintained that the decision to walk away was his alone and that he was not asked to step away by the team.
Having discussions with Rick (Hahn) through September, you know you just realize that right now is the right time to do it, and you just need somebody else.
While Ventura was a fan favorite as a player, the same can’t be said for his tenure as a manager with the ball club, as many fans are happy to see Ventura step away from the team today.
It’s not like they’re going to be building a statue out on the concourse.
On Monday, less than a day after Ventura’s announcement, the White Sox promoted bench coach Rick Renteria to replace Ventura. Renteria had previously managed the Chicago Cubs, but was let go to make room for Joe Maddon when Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.