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White Sox retain Robin Ventura for 2016

The manager will return for his fifth season at the helm of the ChiSox.

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox will retain manager Robin Ventura for next season, according to an announcement from general manager Rick Hahn. The team has dismissed bench coach Mark Parent.

Ventura was considered a candidate to be fired after a disappointing season in which the White Sox have gone 74-85 after an aggressive offseason spending spree. Chicago acquired David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, Jeff Samardzija last winter in hopes of contending for an AL Central title in 2015, but have faltered due to one of the worst offenses in baseball.

Ventura, 48, has been at the helm of the White Sox for four seasons, but has had only one winning season and has been criticized for not being an effective leader. Chicago is expected to add a Latin American coach to their staff, with Raul Ibanez reportedly receiving some consideration for an unknown role.

Ventura joins Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus as AL Central managers who will stay put despite firing rumors. Two teams-- the Marlins and Padres-- will be looking for a new manager this offseason, while other teams like the Nationals and Reds could be joining them.