If you told Chicago White Sox chairman of the board Jerry Reinsdorf last fall that the manager with zero coaching experience he just hired would finish third in the 2012 AL Manager of the Year voting, he would not have been shocked.
“We always knew what a great baseball man Robin (Ventura) was,” Reinsdorf said in September. “We just didn’t know if he wanted to manage or not.”
“I want to congratulate Bob Melvin on winning the award,” Ventura said. “Bob and Buck did great jobs this season and both really were deserving. For me to be considered for this award, especially in my first season, is a great honor but really it’s more of a reflection on the players and coaches. They put in the hard work from day one of spring training until the last out of the season and made my job easier.”
The White Sox finished second to the AL champion Detroit Tigers in the Central. Ventura’s team led the division for 117 days before fading in the last two weeks of the pennant race.
Ventura replaced Ozzie Guillen as manager last fall, signing a three-year contract.