Posted July 20, 2013

White Sox’s Alex Rios takes issue with Robin Ventura removing him from game

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White Sox outfielder Alex Rios responded to his benching by saying that “the situation could’ve been handled a little better.” (Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

A day after he was benched by manager Robin Ventura for not running out a grounder, Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios said he wished Ventura would have talked to him personally before making the move.

Rios failed to hustle on a fifth-inning ground-ball double play during Friday night’s 6-4 loss to the Braves, which dropped the last-place White Sox’s record to 37-56. He was replaced in right field by Casper Wells before the top of the seventh.

Rios, a trade candidate, was seen hugging teammates in the dugout after his removal, leading to speculation that he had been traded.

Instead, Ventura said after the game that his benching was “very related” to his lack of hustle and that there was “not a long explanation required.”

Rios responded on Saturday by saying that he wished Ventura had handled the situation differently.

From’s Alex Ruppenthal:

“I’m cool with him,” Rios said Saturday. “He has to do what he has to do, you know, but the situation could’ve been handled a little better … If he 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, you know. If he wants to make a statement for the team, it probably worked. But I don’t know what his intentions were.”

As Rios guessed, Ventura wanted to make a point to the entire team.

“I mean I understand that, but you’re handling 25 guys,” Ventura said. “I get where he’s coming from, but from where I’m coming from, he probably understands how I have to do it.”


Wow- and trade rumors in Pittsburgh are that this guys is high on their list.  

The last thing the Bucs need is a non-hustling complainer.


Bottom line, you've got to hustle. Next to the bottom line, I can clearly see in my head a number of times Ventura's unbelieveably slow behind did not run out ground balls when he was with the Mets. Based on that he should have/could have been more uunderstanding.

Reva P
Reva P

@kdbarbershop Robin Ventura was far from being a fast runner BEFORE his ankle injury.  Yes, THAT injury, the one that is the reason he is now walking around on a cadaver ankle.  That's something entirely different from being a good runner and not bothering to run out any play.

Then again, all that this means is that Rios still hasn't learned anything about how to play the game.  That complete lack of understanding is why he was made available, to ANY team that wanted him, for absolutely nothing after he was released by Toronto in 2009.  Mores the pity, because Alex Rios has all the natural baseball talent in the world, but insists on squandering it by not working hard and not caring about anything but himself.

Reva P
Reva P

@kdbarbershop Let me amend a part of that.  Rios was available for nothing after Toronto put him on irrevocable waivers and didn't pull him back when CHW claimed him.

Juan3 1 Like

Rios did not hustle.

Ventura took him out.

Rios does not know what were Ventura's intentions.

Rios must be of slow comprehension.