MINNEAPOLIS -- Robin Ventura has delivered the message to the group and in person: the White Sox need to quickly improve.
The manager said Friday he’s met with players on an individual basis and in a group setting to make sure they understand the club isn’t satisfied with an 8-11 start. Catcher Tyler Flowers suspected after Thursday’s blowout loss that Ventura would address the team soon.
“You end up doing both,” Ventura said. “It’s also nice to have the individual conversation so they understand it just as well. But we’ve done both.”
Flowers also said Thursday that players have addressed each other as well during the 10-run loss. One focus of the White Sox offseason was the addition of players who were talented, but also have a strong clubhouse presence.
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“We have some new faces in here, some good leaders and a few things were said in the midst of the game,” Flowers said. “You know we kind of take care of it ourselves.”
Ventura likes that aspect. It’s why he wanted a solid veteran presence in the White Sox clubhouse, because he believes its effective to hear the message from both management and players.
“It helps to have players to do the same thing,” Ventura said. “As coaches we’re saying it all the time. It’s just as good when it comes form the players. It has to be the right players to do it. We have guys who are fed up with it, too.”
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