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Alex Rios: Robin Ventura could have handled benching better

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09:59 AM ET 07.21 | White Sox outfielder Alex Rios admitted Saturday he was at fault for not running hard to first base on a play in the fifth inning Friday, a mistake that caused manager Robin Ventura to bench him. But Rios said he would have preferred Ventura to talk with him privately. "It's a situation that none of us wants to be a part of," Rios said. "It's unacceptable behavior, and ther'es a little bit of frustration in that behavior. I'm not using that as an excuse for what happened. It could've been managed in a better way, but it's something that shouldn't have happened." Rios, who has been mentioned as a trade candidate, said his frustration was partly to blame. "The whole picture is that I haven't been doing what I expect myself to do on a daily basis," he said. "It's been quite a little bit of time where I haven't been performing very well, and I expect better from myself. So that's the frustration that I've been talking about. "If [Ventura] wants to send a message to myself, it would've gone through better if he put me in his office and talked to me personally. If he wants to make a statement for the team, it probably worked. But I don't know what his intentions were. But that's what I wanted to see."

Chicago Sun Times

Robin Ventura, Alex Rios, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Robin Ventura, Alex Rios, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
July 21, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Too Many Excuses, Bro.

July 21, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Negative Ghost Rider..................




He handled it perfectly............

July 21, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Ummm....interns....

Maybe you should move this to the MLB section.

July 21, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ummm....interns....Maybe you should move this to the MLB section.

They used to have interns when owned by SI. Now, it's monkeys running the place.

July 21, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Negative Ghost Rider..................He handled it perfectly............

The only thing is this: don't give the players the " If you got a problem come to my office and talk it over with me."

He lost the high ground by the public benching. He could have done it differently and everyone would know why and what it was about. The team message thing would have been made.

July 21, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Negative Ghost Rider..................He handled it perfectly............

Here is the other part of it all: If I am the owner or GM I am not too crazy about it if I am trying to trade the guy. My manager may have devalued him.

July 21, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ummm....interns....Maybe you should move this to the MLB section.

Nope, nope, nope... this is definitely NFL.

July 21, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ummm....interns....Maybe you should move this to the MLB section.

couldn't they just 'blame it on Rios'?

July 21, 2013  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Here is the other part of it all: If I am the owner or GM I am not too crazy about it if I am trying to trade the guy. My manager may have devalued him.

I understand what you're saying, but a manager isn't paid to make decisions for the GM. He's there to try and win games. The player effectively enhances his value by virtue of his performance. In that regard, it doesn't matter what the manager or the GM thinks or does. The fact that Rios didn't go all out says more than any message Ventura did or didn't send. What would have been the message to the players who are playing hard and have to suffer a manager letting a guy "half-a55" his way through a game?

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July 21, 2013  10:36 AM ET

Rios.......go into the locker room and tell the rest of your teammates you screwed up and it is unacceptable. Hold yourself accountable and maybe others who have underachieved will look in the mirror and hold themselves accountable too. It is called leadership. RV sent a message.....you can help deliver it. It is called leadership.....not friendship.

July 21, 2013  10:47 AM ET

So you are a professional athlete who is paid millions of dollars to play a game. You don't run hard to first base and you express concern that the manager wasn't sensitive enough in how he disciplined you. OK, son, maybe it's time for you to move on.

July 21, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I understand what you're saying, but a manager isn't paid to make decisions for the GM. He's there to try and win games. The player effectively enhances his value by virtue of his performance. In that regard, it doesn't matter what the manager or the GM thinks or does. The fact that Rios didn't go all out says more than any message Ventura did or didn't send. What would have been the message to the players who are playing hard and have to suffer a manager letting a guy "half-a55" his way through a game?

OK, but the managers job is to get the most out of his players. Maybe the "hustle" message should have been driven home long before that game. I see your point, but you are dealing with people, not ideas.

Ya don't publicly humiliate a player. Never a good idea. Never. There are other ways. Matters not, Ventura is gone soon enough. Look, last year they blew a three game lead by going 4-11 to finish the season. Ventura takes some of that responsibility. This year they under perform. He leaves the team for two games to watch his daughter graduate from HS-fine, but to see his son graduate from JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL? He sure sent a message to his team that is not pretty. Ventura is feeling frustrated and it is running down hill.

July 21, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Rios.......go into the locker room and tell the rest of your teammates you screwed up and it is unacceptable. Hold yourself accountable and maybe others who have underachieved will look in the mirror and hold themselves accountable too. It is called leadership. RV sent a message.....you can help deliver it. It is called leadership.....not friendship.

He did. He stated he was wrong.

July 21, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Rios.......go into the locker room and tell the rest of your teammates you screwed up and it is unacceptable. Hold yourself accountable and maybe others who have underachieved will look in the mirror and hold themselves accountable too. It is called leadership. RV sent a message.....you can help deliver it. It is called leadership.....not friendship.

And then Ventura tells the players he could have handled it better. Right now they do not feel like he has "their back." If Rios is a chronic loafer, then the manager made a reasonable move. If not, then he did not. NOBODY in MLB goes 100% all the time. Noooobody. When was the last time a guy hit a routine fly ball and was beating it down to first like it was a bunt?

July 21, 2013  12:13 PM ET

He should be benched every other game. Dude hits grand slams as a result.

July 21, 2013  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

He should be benched every other game. Dude hits grand slams as a result.

Was funny timing. I wondered if he was going to sprint around the bases and slide into home plate. would have been funny.

July 21, 2013  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

And then Ventura tells the players he could have handled it better. Right now they do not feel like he has "their back." If Rios is a chronic loafer, then the manager made a reasonable move. If not, then he did not. NOBODY in MLB goes 100% all the time. Noooobody. When was the last time a guy hit a routine fly ball and was beating it down to first like it was a bunt?

Harper seems like the closest to going 100% on every play.

July 21, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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Harper seems like the closest to going 100% on every play.

Jeter. All out, all the time. And I'm not even a Yankees fan.

 
July 21, 2013  01:44 PM ET

So Mr. Entitled wants to pick how, where and when he is disciplined for not doing his job!
MLB players, many of them, have a lot of attitude!

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