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Chicago White Sox Are Going To Contend For The Wild Card In 2014

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Published on Feb 9, 2014

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/254473...
White Sox manager Robin Ventura won't run a boot camp when spring training opens Saturday.

After the woeful fielding, baserunning and hitting demonstration the Sox put on in 2013, some would consider a no-nonsense, to-the-woodshed approach to camp a worthwhile option. But that's not Ventura style. And it's probably not necessary. Ventura's first camp was similar to his second. The first led to a nice, clean level of play in 2012; the second set the stage for 99 defeats and almost moved fans to wear grocery bags over their heads to the ballpark. The rosters were much the same.

''There will be things that are a little different, but I'm not going to have them coming out at 6 o'clock and running four-minute miles,'' said Ventura, who thought his bad team actually worked out harder than his good one during spring training. ''We're starting spring training focused on the things that we have to get done.''

If the Sox use their bad memories of 2013 as motivation at camp, there's one thing to go with the third pick in the June draft on the short list of good things to emerge from last season.

With new faces Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Matt Davidson, Adrian Nieto, Felipe Paulino, Ronald Belisario, Scott Downs and Mitchell Boggs and inexperienced returnees Erik Johnson, Daniel Webb, Charlie Leesman

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