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Ventura considers changes in spring approach

CLEVELAND -- A year when the White Sox proved far too often that they had Major League Baseball's worst defense started in Spring Training, with extra emphasis in that particular area.

"I don't know if that correlates to anything," Ventura said. "But we did more defensive work this year than we did the previous year."

Ventura is "kicking around" doing things differently for his third Spring Training, especially after this season. But some of the changes will depend on who the White Sox have in camp come February in Glendale, Arizona.

The plethora of defensive miscues this season eventually became as much mental as they were physical, in Ventura's estimation.

"There has to be some mental to it," Ventura said. "Again having had years that weren't as good as others, I'm going to make sure everybody puts that behind them when they come back. It's a clean slate and you don't want to bring this year back with you. It's not as easy to do as just saying that. That's what you have to do."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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