Ventura enjoying first year behind the helm

Ventura enjoying first year behind the helm

CHICAGO -- When Robin Ventura mentioned during Saturday's pregame media session that he didn't see being manager as a long-term, two-decade sort of job, he didn't mean said job was coming to an end after the 2012 season.

"I plan on being here for two more years, yes," said Ventura, who agreed to a three-year deal when taking the job. "Unless they don't want me to be here."

Ventura has embraced his first year at the helm, enjoying the people he has worked with and what the team has accomplished. Some of those people he has worked with, such as bench coach Mark Parent and third-base coach Joe McEwing, could be in consideration for managerial openings after the 2012 campaign.

"I think we got guys people would want to have and do that," Ventura said. "That's part of the game and what you'd like to see happen for these guys.

"It just means they're capable. I know that. I don't know if it says anything about us, but I know they're capable."