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Ventura surprise pick as White Sox new manager


Robin Ventura (NY Yankees photo)

The Chicago White Sox moved quickly in replacing manager Ozzie Guillen, who left to become the new Miami Marlins skipper.

The White Sox named former third baseman Robin Ventura who played in the majors for them, the Mets, the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said that the 44-year-old Ventura was hired due to his familiarity with the team’s minor league system.

Ventura has never been a manager and rejoined the White Sox this past June as a special assistant to Buddy Bell, the team’s director of player development.

Ventura played 16 years in the majors, 1989-2004, and ended up with .267 average with 294 homers and 1,182 RBI’s. He was a 2-time All-Star, with six Gold Glove Awards and was the 1988 winner of the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards.


Info compiled from MLB, Chicago White Sox & Baseball Encyclopedia

Wittels’ 56-game hit streak ends; falls two games short of Ventura’s record

Garrett Wittels (courtesy of FIU athletics)

All of the college baseball analysts/experts had been saying all along that Garrett Wittels would not be able to sustain his amazing hit streak since the season ended last June.

Well, they were right as Wittels’ hitting streak is over at 56 games.

The Florida International shortstop went 0 for 4 against Southwestern Louisiana, leaving him two games short of matching Robin Ventura’s 58-game Division I record set in 1987.

His streak goes down as the third-longest in collegiate baseball history.

Damain Constantino of Division III Salve Regina had a 60-game streak from 2001-2003, the NCAA all-divisions record.

compiled from staff & FIU athletics news

Garrett Wittels hitting streak at 56 games; it’ll continue in 2011

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International news

Robin Ventura’s 58 game hitting streak is safe until the 2011 season. But Garrett Wittels now knows how Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio felt like when he reached 56 games in a row.

Wittels extended his hitting streak to 56 games on Saturday, the same number of  Joe DiMaggio’s major league record hit streak in 1941, but Wittels’ Golden Panthers baseball team were eliminated from the Coral Gables, Florida NCAA regional with a 15-9 loss to Dartmouth College.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Wittels hit an RBI double in the first inning, leaving him two games shy of the NCAA Division I record set by Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura in 1987. Wittels attempt to break that mark will resume during the 2011 season which will began in February.

Garrett Wittels went 3 for 5 in the game and finished the season with a .417 average and a FIU season-record 100 hits. He broke the previous school record of 98 set by Kenny Aderley in 1986.

Wittels began his streak with a bunt single in the Golden Panthers’ season opening game against Maryland way back on February 19.

FIU, ending the season at 36-25, failed to provide Wittels another game to extend the hitting streak this season after blowing an early four-run lead.

Wittels hit streak reaches 55 in 17-3 loss to Texas A&M

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International University news

Florida International University’s Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 55 games against Texas A&M pitcher Barret Loux who shut down the Golden Panthers offense as Texas A&M won 17-3 on Friday in the opening game of the the Coral Gables Regional.

Garrett Wittels (FIU photo)

Loux (11-2) gave up six hits and struck out 10 in eight innings.

Adam Smith, Joe Patterson, Matt Juengel and Brodie Greene all homered and drove in three runs apiece for the Aggies (41-19-1). Kevin Gonzalez also got in on the home run act for Texas A&M, which set a season-high for hits with 20.

Wittels went 1 for 4 and moved to within three games of matching Robin Ventura’s Division I record 58-game hitting streak with a sixth-inning double for FIU (36-24).

FIU wins Sun Belt; Wittels hitting streak moves to 54 games in a row

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International news

The Florida International University baseball team (36-23) defeated the Troy Trojans, 14-10, to claim its first Sun Belt Conference Tournament title since 1999, the Golden Panthers first season as a member of the SBC. The Golden Panthers set Sun Belt Conference records in hits, runs scored and batting average for the entire championship, en route to a berth in the NCAA  Tournament.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Jeremy Patton, Pablo Bermudez and Garrett Wittels were named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament team while Patton was also named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

With a single in the championship game, FIU infielder Garrett Wittels extending his hitting streak to 54 games on the season.

Wittels is now four shy of tying Robin Ventura’s NCAA Division I record of 58 games set in 1987. Three players in Division I and Major League Baseball have accomplished such a feat, with the third being Yankee great and Hall of Famer, Joe DiMaggio who hit in 56-straight games in 1941.

Robin Ventura hit in 58 games in a row for Oklahoma State in 1987.

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