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Ventura: Player/manager role 'too much work'

Ventura: Player/manager role 'too much work'

Ventura: Player/manager role 'too much work'
CHICAGO -- Before Robin Ventura was officially hired as White Sox manager, general manager Ken Williams spoke of considering Paul Konerko as the rare player/manager candidate.

While Konerko certainly possesses the baseball acumen to handle the job, a smiling Ventura said Wednesday that Konerko couldn't do the job now while still playing regularly and at a high level for the White Sox.

"I know he couldn't do it. He could be a manager down the road, but he couldn't play and do that," Ventura said. "There's just too much work to do."

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Ventura said that he couldn't have played and managed either and was surprised by the people who did both at the same time successfully.

"It's a little different now," Ventura said. "It'd be hard for someone to do it now."

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