Robin Ventura is no longer the manager of the Chicago White Sox, and the team has designated bench coach Rick Renteria as his replacement.
Ventrua made the announcement immediately following the White Sox final game of the season, a 6-3 loss to the Twins.
He called the exit, in the final year of his contract, “a personal decision,” saying it was the right time for the organization to bring in a new leader for a team that completed its fourth straight losing season and eighth straight year without the playoffs Sunday.
According to reports Ventura was the one who initiated the discussion, as early as September, but requested he finish out the season before making the announcement.
Looking back on a rocky five years, he said wouldn’t have changed his decision to take the position before the 2012 season, when executive vice president Ken Williams hired him even though he had no managerial experience.
But after completing his managerial career with the Sox with a 375-435 record, including a 78-84 finish in 2016, he said he leaves wishing he could have won more. Asked if he felt like he was given good enough players to win, Ventura said he controlled what he could.
“We came up short, and I feel like that falls on me,” Ventura said. “You just do what you can do and (control) how you conduct yourself. It’s not like they’re going to be putting a statue out on the concourse (of me). You do what you can, and that’s all you can really do.”