DETROIT -- Robin Ventura ain’t quitting and the White Sox aren’t asking.
Shortly after ex-Cub Ryne Sandberg resigned as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday afternoon, Ventura was asked if he might ever do the same.
Noting he has no insight on the Sandberg/Phillies’ situation, Ventura said he has no plans to resign as White Sox manager because of his relationship with management. Were he to feel his status with the 32-40 White Sox were up in the air, Ventura said he wouldn’t hesitate to step down.
“I’m committed to getting this out of these guys,” Ventura said. “I believe in these guys. I’m not even speaking of his position or what is going on over there, but where I’m at and the people work with, again, if they didn’t have faith in me I’d already be gone.”
White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams joined the team at Comerica Park on Thursday, his first road trip of the season. Williams reiterated the team’s confidence in Ventura and hitting coach Todd Steverson, noting the White Sox are satisfied in the message and effort put in by the coaching staff. Williams said the issue lies with the players, though the club’s poor performance also has led the front office to reevaluate its own practice, too.
“We’ve faltered, that’s obvious,” Williams said. “And we’ve got our shortcomings. But it’s not with the coaching staff.
“With regards to Robin, listen, you only have so much control as a manager on your overall team play. He will be the first to admit they haven’t played, they haven’t followed the direction as much as he would have liked. But what we have to look at in management, and it falls no further than my desk, what we have to look at is have we given him the right pieces?
“If they are underperforming to this degree as a whole, then I would have to say right now, and I’ve told the Chairman this, no, at the end of the day, it falls on my desk. I hired the manager. I hired the general manager.
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“I signed off on all the free agent contracts and the trades and everything else. I happened to think that Rick (Hahn) put together a hell of a club. And a lot of other people thought the same thing.
“But before I turn my attention or Rick turns his attention to Robin, we have looked at ourselves.”
Ventura is aware of the calls for his firing or resignation but doesn’t pay much attention. He knows the criticism that comes with his position and feels he’s well suited to handle it as well as the management of players through a difficult period.
“It’s easy when you’re winning,” Ventura said. “I think when it’s not going well you just have to have thick skin. There is a certain element to that that you have to have thick skin and come in every day to grind and try to get there best out of what’s here and continue that part of it. It’s tough. Some days those are the tough ones, but it’s the best thing to have is the thick skin.”