Robin Ventura will begin his first spring training as White Sox manager in just under three weeks, with the first workout for pitchers and catchers scheduled for Feb. 23.
As the date draws closer, he's getting some advice about the job -- even from unlikely places.
Former Cubs manager Mike Quade, with a total of 199 games of experience under his belt, warned Ventura about what he's about to experience with the Chicago media in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
If Robin doesnt know it already, hell find out how important his coaching staff is, Quade told the Sun-Times. At the minor-league and major-league level, you know how important your coaching staff is, but in a big market it becomes absolutely huge."
Quade said the media obligations "consume you," but acknowledge that Ventura may be able to handle it better because he experienced dealing with media in large markets while playing for the White Sox, New York Mets. Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 16-year career.
How do you think Ventura will deal with the media? What advice would you have for him as he prepares to embark on his rookie season as manager? Let us know by commenting below.
27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.
The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.
In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.
Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.
Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.
But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.
While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:
4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen