CHICAGO -- In talking about handling a pitching staff as a first-time manager and specifically first-year starter Chris Sale, White Sox skipper Robin Ventura gave an interesting look into his managerial style. Simply put, there will be no punishment for miscues during his regime.
"I don't want these guys to play tight," Ventura said. "I want them to play hard enough that they can feel free to make a mistake and it sounds odd to be able to say that. But to play well, you have to have the freedom to also make a mistake."
There also needs to be a true open line of communication. Veteran hurler Jake Peavy appreciates that aspect of Ventura and his staff in regard to pitchers admitting when they might need a little break.
"As long as you trust the people you're speaking with, that you can tell them the truth and you can talk through things, you can certainly do that," Peavy said. "If you leave it up to the player, a lot of times the player is going to push through stuff that maybe you shouldn't push through. But if you had a player who didn't do that, you'd also question that player's makeup.
"So there's not a whole lot of winning there. I was in that boat the last few years. If you're out there and you do OK, you're tough and you're a gamer. But if you get hurt while you're out there doing that, you should have been smart and said something about it. If you're out there hurt and just not doing well, you shouldn't be out there.
"It's a tough spot to be in," Peavy said. "At the same time, the White Sox are in such a good position with the coaching staff to the front office to us players. There's an open line, and all of us can be an open book and talk through things. You watch the way John Danks was handled, you watch the way [Jose] Quintana and Sale have been handled, and myself. It has been nice to see because that certainly hasn't been the case at times, probably in most organizations."