The White Sox fell to the American League Central cellar last
season with a 63-99 record, 30 games behind the division-winning
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ventura's original
three-year deal, signed after the 2011 campaign, was set to
expire at the end of the 2014 season.
General manager Rick Hahn said White Sox management reached
their decision after several talks on team objectives with
"I have great confidence that Robin's leadership and direction
will help us reach our goals, and there was never really any
question in our minds as to who we wanted in the White Sox
dugout now and into the future," Hahn said in a statement.
The 46-year-old Ventura, who played 16 seasons in the major
leagues, guided the White Sox to an 85-77 record and second
place in the division in his rookie campaign.
"You go through a season like last year, and that's what really
solidified it for me," Ventura told local radio. "It's as hard
as anything player-wise I ever went through.
"You get through it and you do realize you love this job and
what it entails. The competitive part of it is you want to see
it turn around. I think that's another part for me. I want to be
here for the foreseeable future."
Chicago has been busy in the off-season, adding a young crop of
offensive players in Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu, outfielder
Adam Eaton and third baseman Matt Davidson.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York,
editing by Gene Cherry)
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