By Mike Cranston, AP
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura won’t say whether he’s been offered the chance to return next season and backtracked from an earlier comment that he’d like to come back for a sixth season.
USA Today reported Wednesday the White Sox decided to retain Ventura, if he wants to stay. Citing an unnamed official, the report indicated that Ventura hasn’t told the front office of his 2017 plans.
The 49-year-old Ventura told reporters last month that he did want to return. But when asked that question again before Wednesday’s game against Tampa Bay, he said he’ll “wait until the end of the year to discuss it.”
General manager Rick Hahn declined an interview request and a team spokesman said he’s not planning to talk to reporters until Monday, the day after the season ends.
Ventura is in the last year of his contract. He’s 373-432 with no playoff appearances.
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