"For me, it's a good group. I know they work hard. I enjoy being around them. They bring the right mix of guys when you're going through a long season of what they have to get done."
Ventura's staff includes bench coach Mark Parent, first-base coach Daryl Boston, third-base coach Joe McEwing, hitting coach Todd Steverson, assistant hitting coach Harold Baines, pitching coach Don Cooper, bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen and bullpen catcher Mark Salas. McEwing's name already has been attached to potential managerial openings, but McEwing told MLB.com that his commitment is to the White Sox.
When Parent was asked about his role as bench coach, he pointed out that he's got another year on his contract, so his role is up to the White Sox. But he definitely wants to be in baseball. Parent enjoys working with Ventura and the rest of the staff, even if his results as bench coach are less tangible than other coaches.
"It's one of those things that you know where an infield coach, he can see improvements in his infield," Parent said. "A hitting coach has batting averages, cut down strikeouts, walks. He goes through all kinds of stats he's rated by.
"Ultimately, my stats are Robin's stats. I just, if we win, I win right alongside him or lose right alongside of him. It's a job where you don't get any of the blame. ... There's no credit given or no blame. It's just sort of like it's a good job and a bad job. I don't mind it too much."
Ventura and the White Sox agreed to a contract extension last January, with his original three-year deal ending after the '14 campaign. Although the years or money were not announced, Ventura is believed to have at least two more years on his deal.
That extension erased any questions, which were prevalent at this point last season, as to whether Ventura wanted to continue managing.
"That's part of getting into the last year of a contract," said Ventura of last year's talk. "It's just a natural thing for people to ask, and I'm glad I don't have to go through that right now. Anything can really happen, but I'm happy with what I'm doing, and I expect to be back."