Hall of Famer Fisk discusses Ventura's role

Hall of Famer Fisk discusses Ventura's role

Hall of Famer Fisk discusses Ventura's role
CHICAGO -- When Carlton Fisk first heard about Robin Ventura being hired on as the new White Sox manager, a few questions came to mind concerning his former teammate's chosen line of work.

What is the purpose of the White Sox managerial selection? How did this come about?

"And then my first time in here, I sat down in Robin's office for a half hour, 45 minutes, with [White Sox bench coach] Mark [Parent] and just talked about the whole process," said Fisk of Ventura. "It's pretty interesting the way it came about.

"There was no question that he knows the game of baseball, no question there. And with his personality, I don't think he'd have a problem with 99.99 percent of the players. The only thing that might be in question is his in-game management.

"When guys play for you, that's easy," Fisk said. "You don't have to guess what a guy's going to do for you when he goes out there. If a guy gives you what his talent is, you can manage, you can coach. If guys play within their role and within their talents, Robin's going to have a fun time."

Fisk met with the media in the U.S. Cellular Field pressbox Saturday afternoon during the White Sox-Mariners contest, after firing a strike in one of the ceremonial first pitches. The first 20,000 fans in attendance Saturday also received a Fisk replica statue.

Ventura and Fisk played together in Chicago from 1989-1993, and Fisk said Saturday that "there's not a nicer guy on the face of the earth" than Ventura.

"At least not in this game anyway," said Fisk with a smile. "He was here for a while and then he went to New York, and you never know what New York can do to anybody.

"But he's weathered that well. He's got a fabulous family. You know, he never really abandoned the game. Even when he wasn't playing, he was still involved in the College World Series. He knows the game."

Through working relationships with the White Sox as a community relations representative, the Red Sox and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the part-time Florida resident and grandfather seems happy with his baseball connection. The Hall-of-Famer and 24-year veteran never really saw managing as a potential vocation, as it has become for Ventura.

"No, not really," Fisk said. "I played long enough to basically get my fill as a player."