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White Sox Hahn on Ventura's absence: That's 100 percent on me

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White Sox Hahn on Ventura's absence: That's 100 percent on me

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.

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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.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: