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Robin Ventura is giving out votes of confidence

Jun 20, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

Jeff Manto, Robin Ventura AP

With the White Sox in last place despite a perfectly decent pitching staff hitting coach Jeff Manto is on the hot seat. Chicago’s lineup ranks dead last in the American League in runs scored, but manager Robin Ventura gave Manto a vote of confidence:

It’s one of those it’s part of the game. I see what Jeff’s doing. I’m behind him because I know how hard he works, what he’s put into it and what he’s teaching. The things he talks about, he and Harold [Baines], I’m definitely in his corner.

Harold Baines is Manto’s assistant hitting coach, so the White Sox are actually employing two people devoted to coaching the league’s lowest-scoring offense. Ventura also suggested “you look at me too” when criticism is being thrown around, which is one of those be careful what you wish for things. Whatever the case, once the votes of confidence start up the clock is ticking on someone getting fired.

  1. missingdiz - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I doubt that any hitting coach could turn Adam Dunn into a decent hitter. OK, he hits home runs, but he strikes out more than 1 out of 3 AB. BA under .200, OBP barely over .300 since he came over to the AL. And as DH he no longer entertains us as he did trying to field the baseball in the NL. He’s not a kid anymore and he’s making many millions doing things his way.

    • jsc1973 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      He’s batting about .130 against left-handers. He can’t hit them at all anymore. I’d still play him against right-handers, because his power is so tremendous that he’s an asset even if he’s hitting .200. I don’t care what they’re paying him–bench him against the southpaws.

  2. jhb64 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Good news they play the METS next week!

    • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Bad new… They just got swept by the Twins.

  3. gonderfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    It’s obvious that we need to bring back Gonzalo Vorbek.

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