White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced he wouldn’t return as the team’s manager in 2017. After Ventura made the announcement during Sunday's postgame press conference, White Sox players and coaches were asked about Ventura's move.
Chris Sale spoke highly of Ventura after the announcement. Here are a few more reactions from around the White Sox clubhouse regarding Ventura:
Justin Morneau: “One of the keys to being a good manager is not forgetting how difficult the game is and for someone who is as good as he was as a player and the career that he had, to still be able to sit there and remember this game is difficult. I don’t think he ever forgot that. For the short time I was here, I enjoyed being around him and he let the players play and unfortunately we didn’t get the job done.”
Pitching coach Don Cooper: “I loved working with Robin. We talked during the game. It didn’t work out the way that any of us would have wanted. It’s the way things go. Somebody pays the price and it’s a good guy paying the price. It’s sad.”
David Robertson: “It feels like a sad ending to a season. We all enjoyed Robin. We had a great time playing with him. It’s his choice to step down. He’s going to move on with the next chapter of his life, and it’s the same for us. We’re going to move on, try to get stronger in the offseason. Hopefully we can start like we did this year and continue to hold that momentum and level of play we had early in the season. It has been a heartbreaking season for sure, but I’m definitely looking forward to next year. There is a lot of talent in this room, and I think next year maybe we’ll be able to put it together.”
Jose Abreu: “I want to thank Robin because since the first moment I’ve been here he welcomed me and he supported me. He’s a nice guy, he’s a good manager and has all my respect as a person and as a manager, too.”
When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.
That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.
One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.
Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.
Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.
This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).
The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.
Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).
Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)
He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).
He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00). Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).
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