Robin Ventura said Friday he’s neither shocked nor upset by the comments made by former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen earlier this week that he’d love another chance at his old gig.
Now in his third season as the team’s manager, Ventura was at home in California over the All-Star break and only heard Guillen’s comments after he returned to Chicago on Thursday. Guillen left the White Sox late in the 2011 season and took over as the manager in Miami. He was fired after the 2012 season and now works as an analyst for ESPN Desportes.
Ventura and Guillen played together with the White Sox from 1989-97.
“That’s him,” Ventura said. “I think everybody knew that his feelings would be like that before, so it’s not surprising.”
On Tuesday, Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times he wants to reunite with the organization. He also said he’d love to one day take back over as the White Sox manager, if the job were available.
“I wish,” Guillen said. “But if I say yes, then I don’t respect Robin Ventura. But that’s not where I’m coming from. When Robin gets tired of managing or he’s had enough, I would like to be back. But it’s up to them. If I wear a uniform and it’s the White Sox, that will be special.”
Ventura said if he’s not the manager he doesn’t care who held the position. He also understands Guillen’s personality from their seasons together as teammates and said time heals all wounds.
“I understand that part of him,” Ventura said. “I’ve understood that part of him for a long time.
“It doesn’t bother me.”
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn also downplayed the comments, noting he spent the All-Star break in Minneapolis with his family. Hahn took the opening as a chance to reaffirm his commitment to Ventura, who before the season signed a contract extension.
“I will say my focus is on winning multiple championships with Robin Ventura,” Hahn said.