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Robin Ventura #23

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Full Name:
Robin Ventura
Uniform #:
23

2014: Agreed to terms on a multiyear contract extension on 1/24.
2013: The White Sox went 63-99 in his second season as manager … 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 as Sox manager on 5/12 vs. Los Angeles-AL … missed games on 6/6-7 vs. Oakland to attend family graduation ceremonies in California … was ejected three times, upping his total as a manager to seven … was inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame on 7/3.

Managerial Highlights

- Was named the 39th manager in franchise 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 … has been ejected seven times in his two seasons as manager … 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 minor-league affiliates, evaluating player performance and reporting to Bell.
- 2012: Guided the White Sox to an 85-77 (.524) record in his first season at the helm, finishing second in the American League Central, 3.0 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 during the season, including every day from 7/24-9/25 (63 days) and all but eight days 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 … were officially eliminated from playoff contention on 10/1 … 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 RBI … 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 RBI 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 RBI 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), RBI (8th) and extra-base hits (10th, 402) … recorded 21 career multihomer 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 RBI … his 120 RBI 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 RBI, 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 a 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

Made a number of community appearances throughout the 2013 season and early in 2014, including multiple visits to Lurie Children's Hospital … along with his wife, Stephanie, he participated in Chicago White Sox Charities "Wild Pitches" event … filmed an anti-bullying PSA and visited McClellan Elementary School in January of 2014 for an anti-bullying presentation … in 2013, he made a special visit to Gilda's Club Chicago, spending time with men and women living with cancer and also participated in a special "gentle yoga" session with members … prior to the start of 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 the New York City area … 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 RBI … 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 a 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 RBI 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 into 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 RBI during a 50-game tour before the summer games … is the only manager in Major-League history who has won an Olympic gold medal in baseball.

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