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Ventura Resigns. Renteria Replaces

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After the Chicago White Sox fired beloved manager Ozzie Guillen  at the end of the 2010 season, five years after winning the organization’s first World Series in 88 years. President of Baseball Operations Kenny Williams, the man who fired Ozzie, hired long time White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura to replace the outgoing Venezuelan.

Robin, when hired, had no managerial experience on his résumé. Williams thought it would be a great idea to hire him because of his “fresh take” on the game. And after the first year on the job, it seemed his decision was golden.

In 2012, the White Sox finished 85-77, second in the AL Central.

In what seemed to be a bright future ahead of the organization and fan base quickly turned to a dark and empty abyss.

One year after barely missing the playoffs, the Sox had the fourth worst season in franchise history. Losing 99 games.

At that moment, White Sox faithful wanted Ventura out. Various Instagram accounts named “Fire Robin” were created. Facebook pages and Twitter accounts were made to bring awareness to owner Jerry Reinsdorf that hiring Ventura was a huge mistake.

Despite another solid year from one-two punch Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, strong defensive and offensive year from outfielders Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera and a 40 home run year from slugger Todd Frazier, the White Sox found a way to put up another disappointing season. And it all fell on the shoulders of Ventura.

Saturday evening, reports of the White Sox scheduling a press conference Monday for an undisclosed reason broke out. Speculation was the announcement of the firing of Ventura. Then rumors said it was Kenny Williams leaving. But Sunday morning we got our answer.

Ventura announced, after the final game of the season, that he will not return as manager of the White Sox for the 2017 campaign.

Ventura’s reason for not returning was a “personal decision.” But we all know he was getting fired. Basically, he pulled a Richard Nixon.

Amid the news of Ventura’s departure, the White Sox have named Rick Renteria manager for the 2017 season.

For the second time in his career, the 54-year-old will manage a Chicago ball club, managing the Cubs in 2014.

With the first move made before the playoffs even starting, the White Sox are expected to have a big role in offseason to rebuild and take back the city of Chicago. Or, at least, split it.