Alexei Ramirez, shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, began his professional baseball career in Cuba, playing for 7 years there. In December, 2007, he signed a 4-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. Ramirez had a good first year with Chicago in 2008, batting .290 with 21 home runs and 77 RBIs. In 2010, he won a Silver Slugger award. In his five seasons with the White Sox, Ramirez has had four seasons with 150 or more hits, with a high of 165 in 2010, 31 doubles in 2011, 21 home runs in 2008, and 20 stolen bases last year.
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Paul Konerko, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox since 1999, began his major league baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997. After playing in only 55 games for the Dodgers in two seasons, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1998. A year later, Konerko began his career as the regular first baseman for the Chicago White Sox. After seven successful years with the White Sox, Konerko was made the team's captain in 2006.
If Robin Ventura's first year as a major league manager is an indicator of his future success, his career as a manager may prove to be as successful as his career as a major league baseball player. Last year, he managed the Chicago White Sox to a second place finish in the AL Central division, just a few games behind the leading Detroit Tigers, with an 85-77 record and a .525 win percentage.