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.