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Robin Mark Ventura
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 198 lb.
- School Oklahoma State University
- Debut September 12, 1989
- Final Game October 2, 2004
- Born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Robin attended college at Oklahoma State University, where he put together a 58 game hitting streak and is widely considered one of college baseball's all-time greats. In the 1987 Intercontinental Cup, Robin hit .364/~.417/.523 for the Silver Medal-winning USA. While the team's 2nd-best contact hitter after Mickey Morandini, his power numbers (1 HR, 11 RBI) were far less than the All-Star 3B for the event, Omar Linares (11 HR, 26 RBI). In 1988 he played on the Olympic baseball team and also won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's best amateur player. Ventura also starred during the 1988 Baseball World Cup, hitting .434/.508/.736 with 15 runs, 8 doubles and 32 RBI. He drove in a tourney-high 7 in one game against Spain. He led in doubles, tied Antonio Pacheco for the most hits, just missed the top five in average and was 11 RBI ahead of the closest competitors, Tino Martinez and Luis Casanova. He was named the All-Star third baseman for the tournament, ahead of Omar Linares.
He was signed by the Chicago White Sox and scout Mark Snipp as a 1st round pick in the 1988 amateur draft. After playing just one season in the minors, he made his major league debut in 1989 and became a regular in 1990. From 1991 to 1996, he averaged 23 home runs a season, won four Gold Gloves, and made the All-Star team in 1992.
In 1997, he suffered a gruesome broken leg during spring training, but came back late in the season. The following season, he rebounded with 21 home runs and another Gold Glove.
After the 1998 season, he was granted free agency and signed with the New York Mets. He had his best season in 1999, hitting .301 with 32 home runs and 120 runs batted in. That year he also won his sixth Gold Glove, becoming, at the time, only the second 3rd basemen to win gold gloves (Matt Williams) in both the American and National Leagues. That season he finished sixth in National League MVP voting. In that year's National League Championship Series, he provided additional heroics in Game 5: with the game tied 3-3 in the 15th inning, Robin hit a Grand Slam Single to win the game.
In 2000, he provided strong clubhouse leadership during the Mets' unlikely run to the World Series. Following the 2001 season, he was traded across town to the New York Yankees for David Justice. While a Yankee, he made the All-Star team again in 2002. In July 2003, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played sparingly over the next season and a half and retired after the 2004 season.
During his career, Ventura was particularly proficient at hitting grand slam home runs. He homered with the bases loaded a total of 18 times and is tied for fourth on the all-time grand slam list (Lou Gehrig is first with 23). On September 4, 1995, he hit two against the Texas Rangers, and he became the only major leaguer ever to hit grand slams in both games of a doubleheader when he hit two against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 20, 1999. For his career, Ventura hit .340 with the bases loaded.
 Notable Achievements
- 1990 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- 2-time AL All-Star (1992 & 2002)
- 6-time Gold Glove Winner (1991-1993/AL, 1996/AL, 1998/AL & 1999/NL)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 9 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1996 & 1998-2002)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1996 & 1999)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1991, 1996 & 1999)
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 Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|2012||Chicago White Sox||American League||85-77||2nd||Chicago White Sox|
|2013||Chicago White Sox||American League||63-99||5th||Chicago White Sox|
|2014||Chicago White Sox||American League||73-89||4th||Chicago White Sox|
 Further Reading
- Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Third Baseman Robin Ventura", Baseball Digest, May 1992, p. 69.