Was Ventura’s Rookie Season A Failure Or A Success?

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) After sitting perched atop the American League Central for 117 days – including a stretch of 63 in a row – there’s one thing for certain after the Chicago White Sox’s 2012 season officially came crashing down around them on Monday night.

It ended in disappointment.

But for Robin Ventura, did this season also end up as a failure? Or was the Sox manager’s rookie season still a success considering that his team far exceeded the 95-loss expectation set by Sports Illustrated back during an highly uncertain spring?

On Monday, after the White Sox’s 11-0 victory over Cleveland went for naught thanks to Detroit’s division-clinching win vs. Kansas City, Ventura said, “It’s disappointing because you wish you could have done better. But I’m not disappointed in these guys. You end up where you’re supposed to end up. The effort was there. Just came up short.”

By coming up short in the race for the playoffs, Ventura was simply following the trend set by his managerial predecessors on the South Side.

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