Ventura gets advice from unexpected source

Ventura gets advice from unexpected source
February 4, 2012, 11:27 pm
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Robin Ventura will begin his first spring training as White Sox manager in just under three weeks, with the first workout for pitchers and catchers scheduled for Feb. 23.

As the date draws closer, he's getting some advice about the job -- even from unlikely places.

Former Cubs manager Mike Quade, with a total of 199 games of experience under his belt, warned Ventura about what he's about to experience with the Chicago media in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

If Robin doesnt know it already, hell find out how important his coaching staff is, Quade told the Sun-Times. At the minor-league and major-league level, you know how important your coaching staff is, but in a big market it becomes absolutely huge."

Quade said the media obligations "consume you," but acknowledge that Ventura may be able to handle it better because he experienced dealing with media in large markets while playing for the White Sox, New York Mets. Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 16-year career.

How do you think Ventura will deal with the media? What advice would you have for him as he prepares to embark on his rookie season as manager? Let us know by commenting below.