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Nuggets from the Hahn-Ventura seminar with Steve Stone
General manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura answered questions from fans on Day 2 of SoxFest.
A few highlights:
Hahn: “We have enough money to win. We won World Series in 2005 with $75 million payroll,” adding that he will “absolutely” be equipped to add to the ($107-110 million payroll) if the team is in contention.
* Hahn alluded to rumors that he was interested in left fielder Jason Kubel to beef up the Sox shortage of left-handed hitting, suggesting it doesn’t make sense to take at-bats from still blossoming Dayan Viciedo.
*Ventura wants to place some emphasis on situational hitting in spring training.
“We struck out too much last year,” Ventura said.
*Ventura cited 1) pitching, 2) defense and 3) “playing well together” as the team’s strengths.
*Hahn: “We feel 1 thru 12 our pitching staff is as good as anybody’s in the league right now.”
*Fans were turned away and lined up outside the ballroom for the 2005 World Series Memories seminar with Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand and Hawk Harrelson.