Last week the White Sox filled their managerial void by hiring former Sox 3rd baseman Robin Ventura to replace Ozzie Guillen. Now, some Sox fans were disappointed by General Manager Kenny Williams’ decision to hire Ventura when guys like Terry Francona are available, especially since Ventura has no prior experience as a manager. Ventura had been employed with the White Sox in their Player Development Department since 2010. He had been working with the Sox minor league players.
Ventura was one of the most talented players the South Siders have ever had. But he has not proven himself as a coach or manager. And after the departure of Ozzie Guillen, Sox fans were hoping for a proven manager with a winning track record. It seems obvious that the White Sox front office did not want to spend top dollar for a manager, something that has angered the south side faithful. And while Kenny Williams and Owner Jerry Reinsdorf deny it, Sox fans believe that the organization has raised the white flag and is planning to rebuild.
With that being said, there is still a chance that former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona could still come to Chicago. The Cubs have not yet decided if they will keep current Manager Mike Quade. And with the Cubs seeking a new general manager, there’s a good chance that changes will be made within the Cubs dugout. In my last article, I had mentioned what Terry Francona brings to the table: http://q101.com/2011/10/is-terry-chicago-bound/
Any team would be lucky to have Terry Francona under contract. But after the disaster that was the 2011 season, the Cubs would be a perfect fit for Francona. I also touched on this in my previous article. So there is still hope that Terry Francona could still end up managing in Chicago. But in the meantime, Mr. Francona will be in the broadcast booth for Fox’s coverage of the American League Championship Series.
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