According to a source with knowledge of the situation, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not have talks with the White Sox about their vacant managerial position prior to Chicago hiring Robin Ventura Thursday.
Sources had suggested Francona would be a candidate for the White Sox position considering his history with the organization, having began his coaching career in the Chicago minor league system, where he managed for four seasons. The former Red Sox skipper had kept a close relationship with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Francona is also close with White Sox director of player development Buddy Bell.
The 44-year-old Ventura, who played with the White Sox from 1989-98, had been serving as a special advisor under Bell. He has no prior managerial experience. Others rumored for the Chicago job were Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez and Sandy Alomar Jr., who is Manny Acta's bench coach with the Indians.
"When I met with the media as our season ended, I identified one person at the very top of my managerial list," general manager Ken Williams said in a statement. "I wanted someone who met very specific criteria centered around his leadership abilities. Robin Ventura was that man. His baseball knowledge and expertise, his professionalism, his familiarity with the White Sox and Chicago and his outstanding character make him absolutely the right person to lead our clubhouse and this organization into the seasons ahead."
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