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White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 1:08 pm
By Matt Snyder

Within the past few weeks, the White Sox let manager Ozzie Guillen go and then hired former third baseman Robin Ventura to be the new manager. We knew this. What we didn't know is who exactly general manager Kenny Williams considered for a manager before eventually deciding on Ventura. One name he considered is a shocker: First baseman Paul Konerko.

Yes, current first baseman Paul Konerko. Williams told reporters Tuesday he mulled it over and decided he'd rather Konerko just focus on playing -- also noting he never spoke to Konerko about the thought (Scott Merkin via Twitter).

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The Ventura hire was very unpopular in the Chicago media, so I can't imagine the uproar this would have caused. There hasn't been a player-manager since Pete Rose did so for the Reds back from 1984-86.

Konerko, 35, is a five-time All-Star and a great baseball man. He's played in the majors since 1997 and has been with the White Sox since 1999. There's no question he eventually be an asset in the dugout for someone as a coach or manager, if he wants to take that path with his post-playing career. But there's a reason there hasn't been a player-manager for 25 years. Being a player and being a manager are two entirely different full-time jobs and giving one man both of those is just too much.

In fairness to Williams, "considering" someone and thinking seriously about hiring him are not synonymous. It's just amusing Konerko was even a consideration -- and quite the compliment to the veteran as well.

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Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:00 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

Let's all stop pretending like being a manager in baseball is the most difficult thing in sports.  Ventura played a long, long career in MLB and was pretty level-headed other than 2 incidents that I can recall.  That guy knows more about baseball than most of the guys coaching the minor leagues or the base-coaches in the major leagues.  Baseball managing is about managing a pitching staff, which Don Cooper has done for the White Sox for the last 9 years, and will continue to do so.  The other aspect is about managing players' personalities and pscyhes; Ventura is as qualified as anyone.

Look at Francona...the guy has been thought of as a great manager, but now it comes out that players were drinking and eating slop DURING games.  That won't happen with Ventura coaching.  The idea here was to have a "players" coach rather than a dictating coach like Ozzie, which is why Williams probably "considered" Konerko.

I am pretty excited to have another White Sox great managing the team.  Now maybe we have the guy who will bench playing who aren't producing...Dunn? Rios?

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:08 am

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

I am more qualified than Ventura to become their next manager.
If qualifications include having the sense of a bag of hammers, then I'm in full agreement!

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:32 am

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

I thought things were bad with my Bosox but at least they haven't & I hope they don't hire a manager with ZERO minor or big league managing experience or considered having a player as a manager.
Kind of makes you ask yourself just what Kenny Williams is doing, drinking or maybe smoking up there in the offices doesn't it?

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:03 am

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

You see White Sox fans (myself included) It could have been worse then having Robin Ventura as a Field Manager. We almost had a player manager. If you ask me this is to cut payroll. I hope I am wrong but I think the Sox are now starting a rebuilding project starting with the manager. Don't get me wrong I hope they win and soon but the moves they have made recently does not look promishing if you ask me. It seems like they are going on the cheap. It also seems like Kenny Williams is trying to prove he is in charge of the organization and he is smarter then everybody else.

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:13 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

That's what happened when Rose managed the Reds.

Lou Boudreau was 24 when he managed the Indians from shortstop, leading them to their last championship in 1948.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:56 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

 I do want to say I think Ozzie is a great manager and was a great fit on the southside.  It was time to move on and I wish him well in Fla.  It had to happen, who knows why, but it was the right move!

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:53 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

 I could see this maybe working, but probably better off not.  I think the manager position is way over rated in alot of ways.  I think having good scouts and minor league teachers are way more important.  We all watch our favorite team, be honest, we most often know what the manager is going to do position wise.  The guys who deserve alot of credit are behind the scenes!  Don't forget that baseball fans.  Don't get me wrong, the manager spot is a hard one to figure out who would best suit you.  At the majors it's less baseball knowledge and more handling ego's and cry babies.  The minor league coaches groom the players, the major league coaches baby sit.  I'm not saying the baby sitting part is less hard in anyway shape or form.  They all deserve every penny they make.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:33 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

I am a sox fan for the last 30 years. What about Ozzie that lead us to believe he was ready. Just because he sat on a bench in Miami.
 Until you are in that seat you don't know what you got. I rather have Ventura given a chance then all of the retreads out there. Nothing
 wrong with a new direction. Really as in other sports when you players produce the manager looks good. Not trying to say he will be the
 next Joe Torre. But how did ol Joe do in Atlanta and St. Louis? Just saying. Give the man a chance first.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:20 pm

White Sox considered Konerko for manager job

I am more qualified than Ventura to become their next manager. I have played High Heat Baseball 2004 and I have managed multiple division winners and won countless World Series. I know how to play fundamental baseball. I know when to take out a tired pitcher and bring in some fresh. I also know that ultimately it's just a game and we should all have fun playing it. When it becomes a chore to play baseball then maybe we shouldn't be doing it anymore. 

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:18 pm
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