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Chicago White Sox choose former player, Robin Ventura, for manager slot

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With the exit of Ozzie Guillen in the manager spot, fans of the Chicago White Sox have been waiting breathlessly to see who would get the job next, now the team has announced it will be a familiar face.

Today the Chicago White Sox organization announced that another former player for the team will take the helm as the team’s field manager. Former third baseman Robin Ventura has been tapped to take over for Guillen. Guillen, meanwhile, has left for a job in Florida to be a manager for the Florida Marlins.

According to media reports at the Chicago Tribune, the team released a statement saying that Ventura met their specific criteria for a team manager. That criteria included a passion for the city and for the organization plus a determination to win another World Series championship.

Manager Kenny Williams said that he approached Ventura about the position when it became evident that Guillen was going to take the job offer from the Florida Marlins. Williams told the press that Ventura was evidently surprised by the offer, at first, and tentative. Ventura has never managed a team before.

Robin Ventura played on the White Sox team for 16 seasons, from 1989 - 1998. After that he played for the New York Mets from 1999-2001. After that he was with the New York Yankess from 2002-2003. He then moved on to the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2003-2004. During his time as a third baseman he won six Gold Glove Awards. He was also an All-Star twice in 1992 and 2002.

While Ventura played with the White Sox he had a batting average of .271 and hit 171 home runs. He also notched 741 RBI.

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