DETROIT — Robin Ventura can see himself managing the White Sox beyond next season.
Given he turned down a contract extension last winter, some might find the second-year manager’s statement to be somewhat of a surprise.
But Ventura — who has one year left on his current deal — said even though the team has suffered its worst season in decades he enjoys his job on the bench.
He’s already hopeful that after his contract expires at the end of the 2014 season to have a receptive audience in general manager Rick Hahn and owner Jerry Reinsdorf about a longer run as the team’s manager.
“I can envision doing more,” Ventura said. “I would like to do more. But again, we’ll get to that after next year. ... You enjoy (the teaching). You don’t enjoy the losing. But again, nothing’s guaranteed. If you like the job and like coming here every day and doing what we’re doing — take the winning and losing out of liking the job — I like the job. I enjoy coming here every day. But the losing part does wear on you, and it’s not fun. The idea is to change that and figuring out a way is part of the fun.”
The White Sox are 60-92 with 10 games left, with the team on pace to finish with 98 losses, the most since the club dropped 97 in 1976.
But a team that began the season with a $112 million payroll will have a vastly different and much younger look next season after Jake Peavy and Alex Rios were traded.
The White Sox currently have $48 million committed to payroll next season.
Ventura took over as manager in 2012 despite no coaching background. Despite his inexperience, the former third baseman has been very popular with his players for an even-keel demeanor in the dugout.
Last season, Ventura managed the White Sox, which Sports Illustrated predicted would lose 95 games, to an 85-77 record and finished third overall in the American League Manager of the Year vote.