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1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

On this day in 1995, Robin Ventura hit two Grand Slams in the same game, becoming just the 8th player in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Here is a closer look at Ventura’s stat line from that very memorable ballgame:

3-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs scored, 8 RBI, and most importantly – A Chicago White Sox victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ventura!!

Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Robin Ventura turns 47 years old today!!

Ah, one of my favorite White Sox players of all-time is celebrating his birthday today. As a Cubs loyalist, it’s hard to even admit, verbally or written, that I like some of the players on the ‘pale hose’. But, truth be told, when I first moved to Chi-town in 1988, it was much easier to get tickets to see the Sox so I enjoyed several games at Comiskey Park. And of the players I got to see regularly, Robin Ventura became one of my favorites. You see, I was a third baseman too and I was also a much better contact hitter than power hitter. The similarities between myself and Robin Ventura in regards to our baseball successes stops there…

What I enjoyed most about Ventura was watching him get better. He was not a rookie that came into the league and took baseball by storm. He was a worker and over the first few seasons we got to watch him get better. He got better at hitting, driving in runs, and defense and Sox fans took him in as their own because of his dedication to the team and the game. It was nice to see him blossom and he churned out a very solid 16-year career.

By the end of his playing days, Ventura was a 2-time All-star and 6-time Gold Glove award winner. He tallied 1,885 career hits and slammed 294 home runs.

Currently, Robin Ventura is back in Chicago serving as manager of the team he debuted with – the White Sox. He is doing a solid job, and I wish him the best.

Happy Birthday Mr. Ventura!!!

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1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

On this day in 1995, Robin Ventura hit two Grand Slams in the same game, becoming just the 8th player in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Here is a closer look at Ventura’s stat line from that very memorable ballgame:

3-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs scored, 8 RBI, and most importantly – A Chicago White Sox victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ventura!!

Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Robin Ventura turns 46 years old today!!

Ah, one of my favorite White Sox players of all-time is celebrating his birthday today. As a Cubs loyalist, it’s hard to even admit, verbally or written, that I like some of the players on the ‘pale hose’. But, truth be told, when I first moved to Chi-town in 1988, it was much easier to get tickets to see the Sox so I enjoyed several games at Comiskey Park. And of the players I got to see regularly, Robin Ventura became one of my favorites. You see, I was a third baseman too and I was also a much better contact hitter than power hitter. The similarities between myself and Robin Ventura in regards to our baseball successes stops there…

What I enjoyed most about Ventura was watching him get better. He was not a rookie that came into the league and took baseball by storm. He was a worker and over the first few seasons we got to watch him get better. He got better at hitting, driving in runs, and defense and Sox fans took him in as their own because of his dedication to the team and the game. It was nice to see him blossom and he churned out a very solid 16-year career.

By the end of his playing days, Ventura was a 2-time All-star and 6-time Gold Glove award winner. He tallied 1,885 career hits and slammed 294 home runs.

Currently, Robin Ventura is back in Chicago serving as manager of the team he debuted with – the White Sox. He is doing a solid job, and I wish him the best.

Happy Birthday Mr. Ventura!!!

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Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Robin Ventura turns 46 years old today!!

Ah, one of my favorite White Sox players of all-time is celebrating his birthday today.  As a Cubs loyalist, it’s hard to even admit, verbally or written, that I like some of the players on the ‘pale hose’.  But, truth be told, when I first moved to Chi-town in 1988, it was much easier to get tickets to see the Sox so I enjoyed several games at Comiskey Park.  And of the players I got to see regularly, Robin Ventura became one of my favorites.  You see, I was a third baseman too and I was also a much better contact hitter than power hitter.  The similarities between myself and Robin Ventura in regards to our baseball successes stops there…

What I enjoyed most about Ventura was watching him get better.  He was not a rookie that came into the league and took baseball by storm.  He was a worker and over the first few seasons we got to watch him get better.  He got better at hitting, driving in runs, and defense and Sox fans took him in as their own because of his dedication to the team and the game.  It was nice to see him blossom and he churned out a very solid 16-year career.

By the end of his playing days, Ventura was a 2-time All-star and 6-time Gold Glove award winner.  He tallied 1,885 career hits and slammed 294 home runs.

Currently, Robin Ventura is back in Chicago serving as manager of the team he debuted with – the White Sox.  He is doing a solid job, and I wish him the best.

Happy Birthday Mr. Ventura!!!

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Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Robin Ventura turns 45 years old today!!

Ah, one of my favorite White Sox players of all-time is celebrating his birthday today.  As a Cubs loyalist, it’s hard to even admit, verbally or written, that I like some of the players on the ‘pale hose’.  But, truth be told, when I first moved to Chi-town in 1988, it was much easier to get tickets to see the Sox so I enjoyed several games at Comiskey Park.  And of the players I got to see regularly, Robin Ventura became one of my favorites.  You see, I was a third baseman too and I was also a much better contact hitter than power hitter.  The similarities between myself and Robin Ventura in regards to our baseball successes stops there…

What I enjoyed most about Ventura was watching him get better.  He was not a rookie that came into the league and took baseball by storm.  He was a worker and over the first few seasons we got to watch him get better.  He got better at hitting, driving in runs, and defense and Sox fans took him in as their own because of his dedication to the team and the game.  It was nice to see him blossom and he churned out a very solid 16-year career.

By the end of his playing days, Ventura was a 2-time All-star and 6-time Gold Glove award winner.  He tallied 1,885 career hits and slammed 294 home runs.

Currently, Robin Ventura is back in Chicago serving as manager of the team he debuted with – the White Sox.  He is doing a solid job, and I wish him the best.

Happy Birthday Mr. Ventura!!!

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Chicago White Sox Name Robin Ventura As Their New Skipper

Robin Ventura on Thursday was named manager of the Chicago White Sox, agreeing to a multiyear deal to lead the team for which he starred for a decade.

Ventura, 44, becomes the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club. No. 16 was Ozzie Guillen, with whom the club parted ways following the 2011 season.

Ventura has no prior managerial experience and will return to uniform after rejoining the club on June 6, 2011 as a special advisor to director of player development Buddy Bell.

“When I rejoined the White Sox, I said this was my baseball home and that part of me never left the White Sox organization,” Ventura said. “My family and I are thrilled to be returning to Chicago. Managing a Major League Baseball team is a tremendous honor. It’s also an opportunity and a challenge.

“I am excited to begin my career as a manager surrounded by former teammates, staff, media and White Sox fans I know very well. I already am looking forward to talking to our players, to this offseason and to getting things under way at Spring Training next February.”

Ventura, a line-drive hitter best known prior to his Major League career for a 58-game hitting streak for Oklahoma State that remains the NCAA Division I record, spent the first 10 seasons of his 16-year career with the White Sox. He also played with the New York Mets (1999-2001), the New York Yankees (2002-03) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-2004).

In 2,079 career games, Ventura hit .267 (1,885-7,064) with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBI. His 18 career grand slams are tied for fifth in Major League history.

Happy Anniversary Robin Ventura!!!

Happy Anniversary Robin Ventura!!!

On this day in 1995, Robin Ventura hit two Grand Slams in the same game, becoming just the 8th player in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Here is a closer look at Ventura’s stat line from that very memorable ballgame:

3-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs scored, 8 RBI, and most importantly – A Chicago White Sox victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ventura!!

Happy Birthday Robin Ventura!!!

Robin Ventura turns 44 years old today!!

Ah, one of my favorite White Sox players of all-time is celebrating his birthday today.  As a Cubs loyalist, it’s hard to even admit, verbally or written, that I like some of the players on the ‘pale hose’.  But, truth be told, when I first moved to Chi-town in 1988, it was much easier to get tickets to see the Sox so I enjoyed several games at Comiskey Park.  And of the players I got to see regularly, Robin Ventura became one of my favorites.  You see, I was a third baseman too and I was also a much better contact hitter than power hitter.  The similarities between myself and Robin Ventura in regards to our baseball successes stops there…

What I enjoyed most about Ventura was watching him get better.  He was not a rookie that came into the league and took baseball by storm.  He was a worker and over the first few seasons we got to watch him get better.  He got better at hitting, driving in runs, and defense and Sox fans took him in as their own because of his dedication to the team and the game.  It was nice to see him blossom and he churned out a very solid 16-year career.

By the end of his playing days, Ventura was a 2-time All-star and 6-time Gold Glove award winner.  He tallied 1,885 career hits and slammed 294 home runs.

Happy Birthday Mr. Ventura!!!

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Cooperstown : Looking Ahead To 2010

With thoughts of Cooperstown fresh on my brain, I thought it would be worth examining who is up for potential election into the Hall of Fame in 2010.  Per the HOF website, here is that list.

2010:Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Robin Ventura, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Ray Lankford, Pat Hentgen, Todd Zeile, Eric Karros, Mark McLemore, Andres Galarraga, Fernando Vina, Mike Jackson, Shane Reynolds, Dave Burba, David Segui, Andy Ashby

Of this group of guys there are 6 guys worthy of consideration, with 4 that should get some serious attention.  Those 6 players are: Alomar, Larkin, Ventura, Martinez, McGriff, and Galarraga.  And with no disrespect meant towards the outstanding careers of Robin Ventura and Edgar Martinez, their career achievements are not on par with players enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

So that leaves us with 4 guys.  4 guys that had remarkable careers.  4 guys that should get some major vote counts thrown their way.

Here is a Breakdown:

Roberto Alomar – 2,724 hits, 1,508 runs scored, 210 home runs, 1,134 RBI, 474 stolen bases, .300 batting average, 12 time all-star, 10 Gold Glove awards, 4 Silver Slugger trophies, 2 World Series championships

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Barry Larkin – 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs scored, 198 home runs, 960 RBI, 379 stolen bases, .295 batting average, 12 time all-star, 3 Gold Glove awards, 9 Silver Slugger trophies, 1 MVP award, 1 World Series championship

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Fred McGriff – 2,490 hits, 1,349 runs scored, 493 home runs, 1,550 RBI, 72 stolen bases, .284 batting average, 5 time all-star, 3 Silver Slugger trophies, 1 World Series championship

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Andres Galarraga – 2,333 hits, 1,195 runs scored, 399 home runs, 1,425 RBI, 128 stolen bases, .288 batting average, 5 time all-star, 2 Gold Glove awards, 2 Silver Slugger trophies

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In summary, I think that 3 of these 4 guys will get in.  Sadly I don’t think that Galarraga will be in that group.  My guess is that Barry Larkin will get the most votes of this rookie class of 2010, but I don’t see him as a first ballot kind of player.  Alomar on the other hand is a first ballot kind of guy, but his on and off the field problems are what people remember first about his career so I think he may have to wait a few years before he gets in.  And McGriff is worthy of a spot too, I just don’t see him getting un until a few other key guys go before him, notably Andre Dawson, Barry Larkin, Bert Blyleven, Tim Raines, and Roberto Alomar.

Your thoughts???