IN BRIEF | BASEBALL | 1-25-14


White Sox give manager Ventura extension

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox say they have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with manager Robin Ventura.

The terms were not disclosed. The White Sox announced the deal on Friday, hours before their annual weekend fan convention began.

Ventura turned down an extension before the 2013 season, leading to speculation that he might not stick around much longer.

He led the White Sox to 85 wins and a second-place finish in the AL Central, but they dropped to 63-99 while finishing last in his second season. Ventura, 46, is 148-176 in two seasons.

He spent 16 major-league seasons with the White Sox (1989-98), New York Mets (1999-2001), New York Yankees (2002-03) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-04), hitting .267 with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBIs.

Heisman winner Winston begins baseball season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston wants to help Florida State win another national championship — in baseball.

Winston participated in his first baseball practice of the 2014 season on Friday. He quarterbacked the Seminoles to the BCS title and says, “I just want to have an effect on this team like I did the football team.”

That would mean hoisting the championship trophy at the College World Series in Omaha.

And that’s a possibility. The Seminoles have the talent to be title contenders.

Florida State was picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division by the league’s coaches and the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Winston is the favorite to win the closer role.

Coach Mike Martin said there are no restrictions on how much Winston is used on the baseball field.

By wire sources