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As manager of the White Sox, Robin Ventura (left), the club's third baseman for much of the 1990s, who had been working as an adviser to Sox player development director Buddy Bell since June. It's the first managerial position at any level for the 44-year-old Ventura, who was selected 10th overall by Chicago in 1988 and played there for a decade, hitting .274 in 1,254 games. He retired in 2004 after a 16-year career that included six Gold Gloves and stints with the Mets, Yankees and Dodgers. Ventura takes over a club that struggled to a 79--83 record under his former teammate Ozzie Guillen, who asked to be released from his contract after failing to secure an extension. Guillen has since taken over as the skipper of the Marlins.