CHICAGO -- One of the reasons Alex Rios' amazing 2012 performance goes slightly unnoticed on a national scale is the right fielder leans toward the quieter side and doesn't seek out the spotlight.
"He's not at all, and that's unfortunate in some instances," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Rios, who is on pace to hit .318 with 40 doubles, 28 homers 103 RBIs and 103 runs scored. Those would all be career highs, except for doubles (47 in 2008).
"Again, we're just here to play baseball, and that's all he cares about," Ventura said. "He just wants to win games. I think the best part for him is he's a big part of us being in first place."
Since May 23, Rios is hitting .348 with 17 homers, 52 RBIs and 56 runs scored over 62 games. His average ranks second during that time to only Angels rookie phenom Mike Trout (.351). But to call this season one of his best is a bit premature for the right fielder.
"We haven't finished this year yet," Rios said. "So I just want to keep doing what I'm doing and focus on having good at-bats and winning games."
"Anybody would want a guy like him on your team, because he's been that good this year," Ventura said. "Since Spring Training, he has come in motivated and has been the same every day."