Former Chicago White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura was selected as the team’s new manager, 10 days after Ozzie Guillen left to join the Florida Marlins.
Ventura, who played 10 of his 16 Major League Baseball seasons with the White Sox, agreed to a multiyear deal to become the team’s 38th manager, the White Sox said today in an e-mailed news release. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
The White Sox this year hired Ventura as a special adviser to Buddy Bell, the team’s director of player development.
“When I rejoined the White Sox this June, I said this was my baseball home and that part of me never left the White Sox organization,” Ventura said in a statement. “My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Chicago.”
It’s the first major league managerial job for 44-year-old Ventura, a career .267 hitter with 294 home runs and 1,182 runs batted in. Ventura, whose major league career spanned 1989-2004, also played three seasons with the New York Mets and had stints with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.
After playing college baseball at Oklahoma State University, Ventura was drafted 10th overall by the White Sox in 1988. His 58-game college hitting streak is still a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I record.
“His baseball knowledge and expertise, his professionalism, his familiarity with the White Sox and Chicago and his outstanding character make him absolutely the right person to lead our clubhouse and this organization into the seasons ahead,” said White Sox General Manager Ken Williams.
The franchise went 79-83 this season, finishing in third place in the American League Central division, 16 games behind the Detroit Tigers.
Guillen was hired as the Marlins’ manager on Sept. 28, two days after being released by the White Sox, whom he guided to a 678-617 record in eight seasons, including a World Series title in 2005.