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Portrait of Robin Ventura

Robin Ventura 3BWhite Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
16 8271 .267 .362 .444 117 51.5
Birth Date7-14-1967
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
Age52 years, 5 months, 1 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1989 CHA 21 16 58 8 3 0 0 8 6 1 0 0 .178 .298 .244 85 -0.8 -0.8 -1.4 -0.2
1990 CHA 22 150 565 123 17 1 5 55 53 1 1 4 .249 .324 .318 85 -9.3 -3.1 6.8 1.2
1991 CHA 23 157 705 172 25 1 23 80 67 4 2 4 .284 .367 .442 129 24.8 -4.7 3.0 4.7
1992 CHA 24 157 694 167 38 1 16 93 71 0 2 4 .282 .375 .431 126 22.6 -5.0 16.3 5.9
1993 CHA 25 157 669 145 27 1 22 105 82 3 1 6 .262 .379 .433 122 20.1 -2.8 0.8 4.0
1994 CHA 26 109 474 113 15 1 18 61 69 2 3 1 .282 .373 .459 119 13.8 -2.5 0.9 2.7
1995 CHA 27 135 577 145 22 0 26 75 98 1 4 3 .295 .384 .498 136 28.2 -3.7 -11.3 3.1
1996 CHA 28 158 674 168 31 2 34 78 81 2 1 3 .287 .368 .520 130 30.1 0.5 -4.6 4.6
1997 CHA 29 54 220 48 10 1 6 34 21 0 0 0 .262 .373 .426 117 5.6 -1.0 4.4 1.6
1998 CHA 30 161 674 155 31 4 21 79 111 1 1 1 .263 .349 .436 100 1.3 -5.6 10.3 2.7
1999 NYN 31 161 671 177 38 0 32 74 109 3 1 1 .301 .379 .529 124 24.8 -0.4 22.0 6.3
2000 NYN 32 141 551 109 23 1 24 75 91 2 3 5 .232 .338 .439 109 10.0 -1.2 10.3 3.6
2001 NYN 33 142 549 108 20 0 21 88 101 1 2 5 .237 .359 .419 115 13.0 -2.7 8.5 3.7
2002 NYA 34 141 562 115 17 0 27 90 101 2 3 1 .247 .368 .458 128 22.0 -0.5 11.5 5.2
2003 LAN 35 49 127 24 5 1 5 18 25 0 0 0 .220 .331 .422 108 1.8 -1.1 -0.1 0.2
2003 NYA 35 89 326 71 13 0 9 40 62 0 0 0 .251 .344 .392 101 1.7 -1.8 4.5 1.4
2004 LAN 36 102 175 37 3 0 5 22 31 0 0 0 .243 .337 .362 96 -0.6 0.1 3.6 0.7
Career2079827118853381429410751179232438.267.362.444117209.1-36.485.451.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1989 CHA MLB AL 16 58 .251 .315 .364 .190 98 -1.5 1.5 0.2 85 15 -1.4 -0.8 -0.8 -0.2
1989 BIR AA SOU 129 563 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 CHA MLB AL 150 565 .262 .327 .393 .269 98 -7.9 15.2 2 85 7 6.8 -3.1 -9.3 1.2
1991 CHA MLB AL 157 705 .262 .328 .397 .285 102 21.5 19.1 1.7 129 11 3.0 -4.7 24.8 4.7
1992 CHA MLB AL 157 694 .262 .329 .389 .294 98 22.8 18.0 2.4 126 9 16.3 -5.0 22.6 5.9
1993 CHA MLB AL 157 669 .265 .334 .408 .270 98 16.2 19.2 2.6 122 8 0.8 -2.8 20.1 4.0
1994 CHA MLB AL 109 474 .277 .346 .441 .295 98 16 14.4 1.9 119 9 0.9 -2.5 13.8 2.7
1995 CHA MLB AL 135 577 .273 .344 .430 .316 99 26.4 17.3 1.1 136 10 -11.3 -3.7 28.2 3.1
1996 CHA MLB AL 158 674 .275 .348 .438 .280 96 27.9 20.8 2.2 130 8 -4.6 0.5 30.1 4.6
1997 CHA MLB AL 54 220 .270 .337 .426 .264 96 7.7 6.1 0.9 117 13 4.4 -1.0 5.6 1.6
1997 BIR AA SOU 0 18 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NAS AAA AA 0 17 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CHA MLB AL 161 674 .270 .336 .429 .291 100 4.9 18.3 2.8 100 9 10.3 -5.6 1.3 2.7
1999 NYN MLB NL 161 671 .270 .338 .429 .321 97 27.9 18.2 2.9 124 9 22.0 -0.4 24.8 6.3
2000 NYN MLB NL 141 551 .264 .338 .428 .237 105 -6.1 17.4 2.4 109 12 10.3 -1.2 10.0 3.6
2001 NYN MLB NL 142 549 .263 .331 .422 .257 95 10.7 16.3 2.2 115 10 8.5 -2.7 13.0 3.7
2002 NYA MLB AL 141 562 .267 .334 .428 .257 97 16 16.2 2 128 8 11.5 -0.5 22.0 5.2
2003 LAN MLB NL 49 127 .251 .318 .399 .241 90 3.5 3.3 -2.1 108 8 -0.1 -1.1 1.8 0.2
2003 NYA MLB AL 89 326 .267 .333 .431 .292 99 -2.9 8.9 1.1 101 8 4.5 -1.8 1.7 1.4
2004 LAN MLB NL 102 175 .255 .326 .408 .274 94 -1.7 5.2 -1.5 96 13 3.6 0.1 -0.6 0.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1989 BIR AA SOU 563 454 75 126 25 2 3 164 67 93 51 9 7 .278 .404 .361 .084 4 4
1989 CHA MLB AL 58 45 5 8 3 0 0 11 7 8 6 0 0 .178 .298 .244 .067 3 1
1990 CHA MLB AL 565 493 48 123 17 1 5 157 54 55 53 1 4 .249 .324 .318 .069 3 13
1991 CHA MLB AL 705 606 92 172 25 1 23 268 100 80 67 2 4 .284 .367 .442 .158 7 8
1992 CHA MLB AL 694 592 85 167 38 1 16 255 93 93 71 2 4 .282 .375 .431 .149 8 1
1993 CHA MLB AL 669 554 85 145 27 1 22 240 94 105 82 1 6 .262 .379 .433 .171 6 1
1994 CHA MLB AL 474 401 57 113 15 1 18 184 78 61 69 3 1 .282 .373 .459 .177 8 2
1995 CHA MLB AL 577 492 79 145 22 0 26 245 93 75 98 4 3 .295 .384 .498 .203 8 1
1996 CHA MLB AL 674 586 96 168 31 2 34 305 105 78 81 1 3 .287 .368 .520 .234 8 0
1997 NAS AAA AA 17 15 3 6 1 0 2 13 5 2 1 0 1 .400 .471 .867 .467 0 0
1997 CHA MLB AL 220 183 27 48 10 1 6 78 26 34 21 0 0 .262 .373 .426 .164 3 0
1997 BIR AA SOU 18 17 3 5 1 0 1 9 2 1 1 0 0 .294 .333 .529 .235 0 0
1998 CHA MLB AL 674 590 84 155 31 4 21 257 91 79 111 1 1 .263 .349 .436 .173 3 1
1999 NYN MLB NL 671 588 88 177 38 0 32 311 120 74 109 1 1 .301 .379 .529 .228 5 1
2000 NYN MLB NL 551 469 61 109 23 1 24 206 84 75 91 3 5 .232 .338 .439 .207 4 1
2001 NYN MLB NL 549 456 70 108 20 0 21 191 61 88 101 2 5 .237 .359 .419 .182 4 0
2002 NYA MLB AL 562 465 68 115 17 0 27 213 93 90 101 3 1 .247 .368 .458 .211 5 0
2003 NYA MLB AL 326 283 31 71 13 0 9 111 42 40 62 0 0 .251 .344 .392 .141 0 3
2003 LAN MLB NL 127 109 11 24 5 1 5 46 13 18 25 0 0 .220 .331 .422 .202 0 0
2004 LAN MLB NL 175 152 19 37 3 0 5 55 28 22 31 0 0 .243 .337 .362 .118 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2000-07-14 2000-07-29 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff - -
1997-03-22 1997-07-24 15-DL 124 99 Right Ankle Surgery Fracture and Ligament 1997-03-21 -
1997-03-21 1997-04-01 Camp 11 0 Right Ankle Surgery Fracture and Ligament 1997-03-21 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 LAN $1,200,000
2003 LAN $5,000,000
2003 NYA $5,000,000
2002 NYA $8,500,000
2001 NYN $8,500,000
2000 NYN $8,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$36,200,000
5 yrTotal$36,200,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 22 dJohn Boggs

Details
  • retired 10/04 1 year/$1.2M (04) $1.25M in bonuses ($0.2M for 250, 350 plate appearances, $0.25M 450 plate appearances, $0.3M 500, 550 plate appearances)
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/03
  • acquired in trade from LA 7/03 re-signed 12/02 1 year/$5M (03)
  • 4 year/$32M (99-02)
  • 02:$8.25M acquired in trade from NYM 12/01

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2005 Take a bow, Robin. Ventura retired shortly after the season, capping a nice career. Played great defense, and played in some very tough hitters' parks; if he'd toiled somewhere more neutral, somebody would make a Hall of Fame argument for him. His single moment of ignominy has probably been forgotten by most—that unfortunate incident when he charged elder statesman Nolan Ryan, only to find himself on the business end of a power-noogie.
2004 "What do you mean you don't have Oreos? Fine, just give me some Hydrox and I'll be outta here." That's more or less the way the Dodgers acquired Ventura, who came from the Yankees at the trading deadline when the Yankees dealt for Aaron Boone. Dan Evans had his eye on a number of name-brand hitters toward the end of July, but by the deadline, all that was left were the old, store-brand leftovers. The Dodgers signed Ventura to a one-year, $1.2 million deal at the end of 2003; Dodger fans better hope there's a Plan B for the first-base job.
2003 The master plan was to get a nifty little year out of Ventura in what was supposed to be a single season engagement prior to the arrival of the stupendous Henson. A second season turned into a necessity after Henson floundered, which isn’t going to kill the Yankees. Ventura’s still an asset offensively and defensively, with a great first step around the bag, and the quick wrists to still get around on anybody and anything. His shot at the Hall of Fame probably depends on his willingness to stick around as long and as well as Graig Nettles and Darrell Evans did; since both have been overlooked so far, Ventura might have to settle for the Hall of the Really Very Good.
2002 Ventura has had the misfortune to play during a pretty good period for third baseman, and in lousy hitters' parks. He's been a hell of a player, consistent as sunrise on both sides of the ball, and even now a terrific defender. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him have another 1999 season, particularly in the power department.
2001 Robin Ventura fought nagging injuries in 2000, so it's hard to say with certainty how much of last year's decline is permanent. Between injuries and off years, he's really been good at the plate only one season in the last four. That projection seems generous; his 1998 level is where the smart money is going.
2000 He bounced back nicely from a sub-par 1998 to be the highest-ranking Met in the MVP voting, nosing out Piazza and Alfonzo. He enjoyed the highest RBI total of his career, thanks in part to a raft of opportunities courtesy of Piazza and Olerud. The offensive surge of the late 1990s masks the fact that this season was essentially the equal of his 1992, 1995 and 1996 seasons, all of which were between a .298 and a .303 EqA.
1998 One of the great players in the history of the organization, and one they seem to go out of their way to antagonize. He’s extremely bitter that he worked as hard as he did to come back as quickly as he did, just in time for the white flag to be run up. Although the Sox want to talk about a multi-year extension, he seems determined to walk away after ’98. This is the kind of collateral damage the Sox will have to expect after the “white flag” trades. Ventura’s comeback is a tribute to one of the organization’s unsung heroes, trainer Herm Schneider.
1997 The best third baseman in the AL, in franchise history, and the target of some of the most idiotic kvetching you’ll ever hear about a great player. The foul Reinsdorf, unwilling to blame his staff for the attendance problems and on-field failures, spent his time taking potshots at Ventura in a September 20th interview: “He’s kind of a laid-back guy... I think we need to get people with a little bit better personality.” What the hell was that all about? This kind of dopey criticism only indicates an organization looking for scapegoats, and in the fine tradition of blaming great players, Ventura’s the man.
1996  An excellent player you never hear much about. Ventura is probably the best third baseman in the league, and the only talk you hear about him is about the Sox entertaining a trade offer or two. He gained some notoriety for defying Walt Hriniak, but he still releases the top hand a lot.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like in the American League's Central Division?
(Ida from Pasadena, CA)
Thanks for leading us off, Ida. I like the Tigers in the AL Central, as I believe the schedule favors them. I have known Robin Ventura for nearly 25 years and root like heck for him, and have a lot of friends from my White Sox days, but they stopped hitting about 10 days ago and it's tough to recoup against the Rays' staff. Tampa Bay is a tough opponent for anyone right now. (Dan Evans)
2012-09-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why do owners/GM's repeatedly recycle established boneheads like myself, Jim Tracy, Clint Hurdle, Bobby Valentine, et. al., instead of giving the Venturas & Mathenys of the world more opportunities? Thanks, Dan!
(Scrap Iron from On queue for Hurdle's job)
Scrap Iron, that's a good question. Sometimes unheralded or inexperienced people fail to get opportunities because the scope of the GM or owner is not broad enough to make their candidate list. I have found that some really terrific people are there if you are thinking about candidates ALL of the time. There is nothing wrong with a guy who's done it before, because there are different reasons why people get fired in one situation and thrive in another. Robin Ventura was a great hire by the White Sox, and his demeanor during last night's post-game presser was amazing for a first-timer, in fact it was text book. Some people are born to lead, and you have to keep your eyes open for them all the time. It is such a tough job, but there are so many different ways to do it. (Dan Evans)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Closer (or I should say, "Potential" closer) question here: Is De Los Santos eventually the guy in Oakland and when do you see Reed closing in Chicago?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
In terms of who they have now, yeah, I think de los Santos is the long-term guy. It might be Balfour to start this year, but DLS was once a great SP prospect - path derailed by injuries - and he has terrific stuff. Reed could be the favorite to close as soon as this April in Chicago. Robin Ventura is a big a wild card as they get - a manager with no prior coaching experience at all - so we'll have to listen closely. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Same leadoff Q as for Derek yesterday: what's your take on the Matheny managerial signing? (Incidentally, are we ever going to get a full-blown Transaction Analysis on this one? I'm really surprised not to have seen that. Or did I miss it?)
(Bill from New Mexico)
Bill, thanks for asking--R.J. has been doing the bulk of the TA stuff as I try to clear the last book-related work off my plate, and I haven't been able to get to Matheny. I'm not sure how much you're missing, though. I wrote a long TA about Robin Ventura after he was hired, and while I hope it was an enjoyable read, I don't know if I or anyone else came away from it with a much firmer handle on how Ventura is actually going to manage and impact his new team. There's just no in-game record to go on. It does seem curious that they went with an in-house guy who wasn't Jose Oquendo, but Matheny sounds like a capable choice, to the extent that we can tell. Hell, every game on TV he played in during the second half of his career involved some broadcaster saying, "This guy is going to be a manager someday," so at the very least, it's nice to see all that blather amount to something. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd call this good news for Bert. I was worried he'd stagnate around 62%. do you have the % of the vote for Edgar, Raines and Barry? They don't have it on espn.com. Thanks.
(collins from greenville nc)
539 ballots, five blanks, Andre Dawson 420 (77.9%), Bert Blyleven 400 (74.2%), Roberto Alomar 397 (73.7%), Jack Morris 282 (52.3%), Barry Larkin 278 (51.6%), Lee Smith 255 (47.3%), Edgar Martinez 195 (36.2%), Tim Raines 164 (30.4%), Mark McGwire 128 (23.7%), Alan Trammell 121 (22.4%), Fred McGriff 116 (21.5%), Don Mattingly 87 (16.1%), Dave Parker 82 (15.2%), Dale Murphy 63 (11.7%), Harold Baines 33 (6.1%), Andres Galarraga 22 (4.1%), Robin Ventura 7 (1.3%), Ellis Burks 2 (0.4%), Eric Karros 2 (0.4%), Kevin Appier 1 (0.2%), Pat Hentgen 1 (0.2%), David Segui 1 (0.2%), Mike Jackson 0, Ray Lankford 0, Shane Reynolds 0, Todd Zeile 0.

Segui gets his vote. Baines remains on life support thanks to the persistence of a stubborn few. Karros receives more votes than he had All-Star appearances. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)A softball to get you started: Who would be on your Hall of Fame ballot this year?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Holdovers: Tim Raines, Bert Blyleven and Mark McGwire. For newbies, Barry Larkin and maybe Robbie Alomar, though I'm iffy enough on that one that I don't even remember if I'm for or against him at present. Just as a "I liked this guy, and I want to vote for him" kind of deal, and not because I think they should get in, I would toss a vote to Robin Ventura and Ellis Burks.

The good news is that Ray Lankford is finally on the ballot, so if he doesn't get 5% of the vote I can see if I can get him to write a foreword for "The Ray Lankford Wing of the Hall of Fame: Book Edition" without him feeling snubbed someday. (Marc Normandin)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you find it funny that a team can just have an historically weak position, transcending eras, ERAs, team ownership, management, POTUSes, ... Off the top of your head, what are likely to be the worst positions you can think of--Tigers catchers? Mariners SSes? Jays 3B?
(Wade from TX)
Do you mean now, or historically? The really famous ones are the long droughts the White Sox and Mets had at third base, with the Sox going from Willie Kamm to Robin Ventura with only a couple of decent Bill Melton years in the middle. The Mets basically went from 1962 to Howard Johnson before they got anything great from their third basemen--although Wayne Garrett had a couple of decent seasons if you consider park and league context. And of course, the Yankees got no offense from shortstop whatsoever between Rizzuto's 1950 and Derek Jeter's 1996, except for whenever Casey Stengel played Gil McDougald over there... (Steven Goldman)


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