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Ventura gives fans a look into personality

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Ventura gives fans a look into personality

By Jim Owczarski
CSNChicago.com

The last time Chicago White Sox fans were able to see Robin Ventura on a daily basis was the summer of 1998, before he departed via free agency for the New York Mets.

Some lasting images linger, of course: The confrontation with Nolan Ryan on the mound and teammate Frank Thomas in the dugout; the horrific ankle injury in the spring of 1997 and subsequent return just a few months later.

But 14 years is a long time, and set against the personality of former manager Ozzie Guillen, Ventura seems placid.

I think there are misunderstandings, Ventura said about his perception.

The 44-year-old first year manager went about dispelling some of those during the first day of SoxFest at the Palmer House Hilton Friday night during a question and answer session alongside general manager Kenny Williams.

Ventura put his sense of humor on display, but as he tried to play into the laid back persona, Williams interrupted, saying the 44-year-old first year manager has a lot more fire in his belly than what appears on the surface.

Not everybody has a personal relationship with you, Ventura said of the fan base. The people I played with and the people I played for know what Im like, they know how I handle situations.

"Kenny and (White Sox chairman) Jerry (Reinsdorf) have known me a long time. Theyve known me since I was a kid and now as an adult, how I handle things and how I go about it. They wouldnt hire me if I was just going to come in and sit down and not do anything or say anything.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.