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Manto allowing hitters to be 'different'

Manto allowing hitters to be 'different'

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura took time during Friday's pregame media session to praise hitting coach Jeff Manto for his work this season. But Ventura's praise wasn't steeped in adjustments of swing mechanics made by Manto.

"The message that he sends is each guy is different and I think he's allowing them all to be different," said Ventura. "But his message to them preached every day is being patient, hitting it the other way. He's done a great job. All these guys have come in here and worked and they've been doing a great job."

Ventura pointed to hitting coach and pitching coach as two of baseball's tougher jobs.


"Just because they're relying on basically guys doing it and that's all people really notice," Ventura said. "It's unfair when guys in those positions get fired for teams not playing well but they're not the ones playing. You see a lot of good hitting coaches get fired."