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Robin Ventura #23

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Full Name:
Robin Ventura
Uniform #:
23

2014 SEASON: Guided the White Sox to a 10-game improvement from 2013, going 73-89 in his third season at the helm...Earned his 200th victory as Sox manager on 7/29 at Detroit...was ejected on 6/4 at the Dodgers and 8/13 at San Francisco...Rookie Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez and Chris Sale represented the White Sox at the All-Star Game...Agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension on 1/24.

MANAGERIAL HIGHLIGHTS: Was named the 39th manager in White Sox history on 10/6/11, replacing former teammate Ozzie Guillen....Is the 18th former White Sox player to manage the club ... he and Philadelphia's Ryne Sandberg are the only current managers to be drafted and play with the clubs they now manage....His 294 career home runs are the second-highest total among current managers, trailing only Washington's Matt Williams (378)....Has been ejected nine times in his three seasons....Was hired by the Sox as a special advisor to then director of player development Buddy Bell on 6/6/11 ... in that role, he visited each of the White Sox's Minor League affiliates, evaluating player performance and reporting to Bell.

2013 SEASON: Was selected by manager Jim Leyland to serve on the American League coaching staff at the All-Star Game at New York's Citi Field ... pitchers Jesse Crain and Chris Sale represented the White Sox at the Midsummer Classic....Recorded his 100th victory on 5/12 vs. the Angels ... missed games on 6/6-7 vs. Oakland to attend family graduation ceremonies in California ... was ejected three times. ...Was inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame on 7/3.

2012 SEASON: Guided the White Sox to an 85-77 (.524) record in his first season at the helm, finishing second in the American League Central, three games behind Detroit....85 wins were the most by a Sox first-year manager since Gene Lamont went 86-76 in 1992....Was one of three finalists for AL Manager of the Year, along with Oakland's Bob Melvin and Baltimore's Buck Showalter. ...The Sox were in first place for 117 days, including every day from 7/24-9/25 (63 days) and all but eight from 5/29-9/25. ...Led the division by as many as 3.5 games (three times) and were a season-high 16 games over .500 (71-55) on 8/26....Made his managerial debut in a 3-2 loss at Texas on 4/6 ...earned his first victory the next night, 4-3, over the Rangers. ...Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Jake Peavy and Chris Sale represented the White Sox at the All-Star Game in Kansas City... was ejected four times.

PLAYING CAREER: Spent 16 Major League seasons with the White Sox (1989-98), New York Mets (1999-2001), New York Yankees (2002-03) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-2004), playing for a managerial list that included Jeff Torborg, Bobby Valentine, Joe Torre and Jim Tracy … won six Gold Gloves (1991-93, 1996, 1998-99) and was a two-time All-Star (1992 and 2002) … in 2,079 career games, hit .267 (1,885-7,064) with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBIs … hit 20 or more home runs nine times and drove in 100-plus three times … hit .340 (64-188) with 18 home runs and 214 RBIs lifetime with the bases loaded … his 18 career grand slams are tied for fifth in Major League history … received votes in the Most Valuable Player balloting in 1991 and 1999 … appeared in five different postseasons with the White Sox (1993), Mets (1999, 2000), Yankees (2002) and Dodgers (2004) … batted .274 (1,244-4,542) with 171 home runs and 741 RBIs in 1,254 games over 10 seasons with the Sox … ranks among the White Sox all-time leaders in grand slams (t1st, 10), walks (5th, 668), home runs (6th), RBIs (8th) and extra-base hits (10th, 402) … recorded 21 career multi-homer games and drove in six-plus runs on six occasions with a career high of eight … his best season came in 1999 with the Mets, when he batted .301 (177-588) with 32 home runs and 120 RBIs … his 120 RBIs set a club record for left-handers … hit a game-ending "grand slam" in the 15th inning of Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS vs. Atlanta to give the Mets a 4-3 win … the grand slam was ruled a single after he did not touch all the bases … became the first player in Major League history to hit grand slams in each game of a doubleheader on 5/20/99 vs. Milwaukee … suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle sliding into home plate during a Spring Training game on 3/21/97 … returned to play in 54 games for the White Sox that season … started a 5-4-3 triple play on 6/6/96 at Boston … became the eighth player in Major League history to hit two grand slams in one game on 9/4/95 at Texas (first since Baltimore's Frank Robinson in 1970) and the fourth to connect in consecutive innings (fourth and fifth) … finished with a career-high eight RBIs, matching the Sox franchise record … was ejected on 8/4/93 at Texas after charging Nolan Ryan on the mound … was named AL Player of the Month for July 1991 … endured an 0-41 slump during his rookie season of 1990 … was selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 1988 Draft out of Oklahoma State University … was signed by Lou and Mark Snipp (White Sox).

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Since becoming manager, has made several visits to Lurie Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House....Along with his wife, Stephanie, participated in Chicago White Sox Charities "Wild Pitches" event...filmed an anti-bullying PSA and visited McClellan Elementary School in January 2014 for an anti-bullying presentation....In 2013, made a special visit to Gilda's Club Chicago, spending time with men and women living with cancer and participated in a special "gentle yoga" session with members....Prior to the 2012 season, participated in the taping of an anti-bullying PSA, along with Gordon Beckham, John Danks and Alexei Ramirez....Was reunited in May 2012 with Ryan Reithel, a former pediatric cancer patient at the old Children's Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park, whom he first visited at the hospital in 1991....Made his first visit to the new Lurie Children's Hospital, accompanied by Reithel, to dedicate the new "Chicago White Sox Play Area" in the Pediatric Oncology floor of the hospital...Appeared in "A Christmas Carol" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre...In December 2011 with Make-A-Wish recipient Emily Beazley as part of a partnership with the non-profit organization...While playing for the Mets and Yankees, sponsored an annual Robin Ventura All-Star Bowling Tournament to raise money for the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund, Inc....Hosted the Robin Ventura All-Star Classic to support the Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund, which allowed underprivileged youths to attend sports programs throughout New York City. ...Was actively involved with Children's Memorial Hospital and The United Way while playing for the Sox....Received honorable mention recognition in 1996 for the USA Weekend Most Caring Athlete Award...made a PSA in 1995 following the Oklahoma City bombing.

MISCELLANEOUS/PERSONAL: Married Stephanie...has four children: Rachel, Madison, Grace and Jack....Attended Oklahoma State University, where he was named College Player of the Decade by Baseball America and was the third baseman on Baseball America's All-Time College All-Star Team...was a three-time All-America selection. ...Was named 1986 Freshman of the Year by Baseball America after hitting .469 and was named National Player of the Year by the same publication as a sophomore in 1987, when he batted .428 with 21 home runs and 110 RBIs...Led the Cowboys to consecutive College World Series appearances as a freshman and sophomore...still ranks second in College World Series history with a .459 average. ...Compiled an NCAA-record 58-game hitting streak in 1987, a mark that still stands...the streak was snapped during the 1987 College World Series by Stanford's Jack McDowell, his future teammate with the White Sox....Capped his three-year career at Oklahoma State by hitting .391 with 26 homers and 96 RBIs as a junior in 1988...was the recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball's outstanding player and the Golden Spikes Award, college baseball's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy....Holds the school record with 329 career hits and shares the record for most hits in a season (116) with Pete Incaviglia....His jersey No. 21 was retired by Oklahoma State on 2/22/98...was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame on 7/4/06 and the Oklahoma State Athletic Hall of Fame on 10/17/09. ...Was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic baseball team...batted .409 to help Team USA win the gold medal in Seoul...posted a .380 average with 12 home runs and 77 RBIs during a 50-game tour before the summer games. ...Worked as an analyst for ESPN at the College World Series from 2007-11. ...Is the only manager in Major League history who has won an Olympic Gold Medal in baseball.

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