The Chicago White Sox have gone through yet another dismal season in 2016, but it doesn’t appear that their manager will take the fall for their struggles, Robin Ventura will reportedly be in charge of the team next year if he wants the job.
A new report from USA Today says the team has privately decided to keep Ventura aboard as manager next season and that they plan to offer him a contract.
Fans may be surprised by that news, considering that the White Sox have now missed the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale has a very succinct reason for why the team intends to keep Ventura:
“The White Sox’s decision to bring back Ventura comes as a bit of a surprise, given the club’s disappointing 76-81 record in a season they expected to contend.
Yet, the White Sox front office refuses to blame him for their woes.”
The White Sox have dealt with plenty of injuries this season, which could potentially play into the team’s decision to keep Ventura if that’s the direction they decide to go. After acquiring Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie in the offseason, the team got off to a red-hot start, but when injuries began to pile up, the team’s fortunes took a nose dive as they once again failed to reach the postseason.