Robin Ventura “absolutely” wants to remain White Sox manager, but he’s on thin ice

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It’s a bad sign when a manager who’s under contract for next season gets asked by the local media whether or not he intends to remain on the job, but that’s exactly what happened with White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

Ventura told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he “absolutely” intends to manage the White Sox in 2016 despite the team’s 66-71 record following a busy offseason that created a lot of optimism. Ventura has a 287-336 (.461) overall record in four seasons as manager.

Hayes notes that “back in February, Ventura said he expected the White Sox to make the playoffs.”

General manager Rick Hahn has declined to say definitively that Ventura will be back in 2016 and a lot of his quotes are of the “we plan to evaluate everything” variety that tend not to be good news for managers.