Update (6:23 PM EDT): It’s official. Ventura has stepped down as manager of the White Sox, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the White Sox will meet with manager Robin Ventura on Sunday evening. Ventura intends to resign, but the White Sox will try to change his mind. Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Saturday that the two sides are likely to end things amicably, and the White Sox intend to hire bench coach Rick Renteria as the new manager on Monday.
The White Sox enter the final day of the regular season with a 78-83 record, a disappointing finish considering the club jumped out to a 23-10 record by mid-May. That was on the heels of an offseason in which the club brought in Todd Frazier then acquired James Shields in early June.
Under Ventura’s leadership, the White Sox went 375-434 (.463) which included a second-place finish in 2012 followed by a fifth-place finish and three fourth-place finishes. The White Sox have now gone eight seasons without making the postseason.
Renteria had been a coach in the Padres’ organization since 2003 and was promoted to bench coach in 2011. He left after the 2013 season. Renteria has one year of managing under his belt, leading the Cubs to a 73-89 fifth-place finish in 2014. The White Sox hired him as a bench coach ahead of the 2016 season.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”