GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox coaching staff has been pleased with the overall look of the team’s defense this spring.
But not how the club has handled its rundowns.
After a week that included several botched plays, the White Sox went back to work on rundowns in the early portion of Friday’s workout. Not particularly pleased with the results of three recent plays, White Sox manager Robin Ventura requested the session.
“If they don’t get them right, we’re going to redo them,” Ventura said. “You’re just going over it to refresh and make sure they understand the mechanics of how we’re doing it and why we’re doing it.
“Some people might say it’s not a punishment. It probably is if you don’t get it right, so you go ahead and do it. Get it right.”
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Bench coach Rick Renteria is satisfied with the quality of work he witnessed Friday. Energy and enthusiasm from players was present, he said. Renteria said Ventura requested the additional work to make sure things are run smoothly and enough attention is paid to the details.
While rundowns were worked on earlier in camp, Ventura thought it was time for a refresher course.
“The guys were doing a nice job of trying to execute those as close as they could to kind of game speed,” Renteria said. “You don’t want anybody to get hurt, but they were doing it with some explosiveness in terms of being able to react and cutting the distance short between the guy with the ball and the receiving end of the tag.
“Things come up and you address and that’s what Skipper did. He said, ‘We’ve seen a couple, let’s just go over them again and clean them up.’ And that’s all you can do in camp.”
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Ventura is pleased to address the play in camp and before the regular season begins. He hasn’t hesitated in the past to deal with the team’s defensive woes in season. But he wanted to make sure his team didn’t miss on the opportunity to improve.
“We’ve been known to go back over it before,” Ventura said. “That stuff, you’ve just got to get it right, and it’s better to get it situated down here. I know we made a couple of mistakes on those, and it just can’t happen.
“We took care of it, and they should be good.”