Graduation fever is running rampant around the country and White Sox manager Robin Ventura has got his daughter's to attend to in California this weekend. In his place, Mark Parent will be the acting manager for the weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
With the ceremony scheduled for Saturday evening, some have questioned why Ventura has decided to take the whole weekend off instead of just one or two days.
One of the main reasons why Ventura has all the entire series off, as White Sox GM Rick Hahn explained on Kap & Haugh on Friday, is the road schedule the team is on. This weekend the South Siders head to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays and then immediately head north to face the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Monday. Initally, Ventura offered to fly on a red-eye flight from California to Tampa Bay (which could cost between $25,000-$28,000) but Hahn said he wanted his manager to enjoy his time with his family and not worry about the hassle of traveling across the country.
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"That's on me," Hahn said. "That's 100 percent on me....Quite frankly, I told him that was too much. That was too much back and forth and that was not necessary. We had confidence he'd be in touch with the coaching staff. Mark Parent's been by his side ever since Robin started in the position and knows exactly what we're hoping to accomplish there. I specifically told him 'Don't leave your daughter's celebration early just to fly all the way across the country through the middle of the night and then hop on another plane up to Pittsburgh. Instead, join us on Monday and be rested and refreshed and spend the appropriate time with your family.' So that's on me."
See what else Hahn had to say on Kap & Haugh about the approaching trade deadline in the video below.