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Report: Robin Ventura is on the hot seat


To say that the White Sox have struggled lately is an understatement. The club jumped out to a 23-10 record, but have gone 10-23 since and now find themselves at .500. As a result, manager Robin Ventura now finds himself on the hot seat, according to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball.

Per Heyman, the demise of the White Sox isn’t believed to be Ventura’s fault, but some within the organization feel that “it might not hurt to do something.”

The White Sox did well in Ventura’s first year in 2012, going 85-77. But they’ve gone 245-307 (.444) in three and a half seasons since.

Bench coach Rick Renteria is likely to succeed Ventura in the interim if he is indeed fired. As for the thought that the White Sox could bring back former manager Ozzie Guillen, he has apparently “burned bridges.”

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.