We still know nothing about Robin Ventura, but we'll learn a lot about him when we find out where he plans to play Alex Rios.
Ozzie Guillen, of course, cemented Rios in center field. He also used Rios as a defensive replacement in center field, even if it meant shoving the superior defender Alejandro De Aza to a corner spot. (He also never pinch-hit for Rios, but that's neither here nor there.)
In the event that Ventura is thinking Rios should be first in line for center field duties, allow me to present some video evidence. I'm knee-deep in player profiles for White Sox Outsider 2012, which means I have to relive the worst moments of the season -- multiple times! -- in order to accurately recount them. I may as well try to make lemonade out of lemons.
Below are 10 videos depicting the Alex Rios 2011 Center Field Experience. And mind you, there aren't just 10 times poor defense occurred; MLB.com only has embeddable highlights of misplays that result in runs. For instance, the drop against Colorado that got him benched, and the misplayed ground-rule double that set up two Texas runs in a 2-1 loss, aren't shown, because no runs scored on that particular play.
Nor am I counting a couple of homers he probably should have saved -- both hit by Eric Hosmer, one on July 4, and the other on July 6 -- because they have an above-average degree of difficulty by definition.
No. 1: April 22, 2011
An indirect route on a liner by Jhonny Peralta turns into a triple.
No. 2: April 23, 2011
The very next day, Rios takes a right-angled route on what ends up being an Alex Avila triple.
May 3: May 1, 2011
Rios underestimates the carry of Felix Pie's drive to center, which bounces off the wall and turns into a triple.
No. 4: July 10, 2011
Rios gives up a base by making a fruitless throw home. The disgust in Tom Kelly's voice, both during and after the throw, is downright palpable.
No. 5: July 25, 2011
This is the kind of play that Mark Gonzales seems to pin on Ramirez, but Ramirez had to chase these kinds of pop-ups while having no clue whether he could go at them 100 percent, or whether Rios would lurk underneath him at the last second. And Juan Pierre did this to him, too.
No. 6: July 30, 2011
Rios allows a runner to score from first on a single by snaring a single awkwardly and taking his sweet time throwing the ball back in. And then he throws to the wrong bag.
No. 7: Aug. 4, 2011
See No. 5.
No. 8: Aug. 4, 2011
Rios misses the cut-off man.
No. 9: Aug. 4, 2011 (skip to 0:49)
Rios gets caught in between charging a sinking liner, and lets it skip past him for a triple.
No. 10: Sept. 14, 2011
Rios gets caught in between charging a sinking liner, but at least gets part of a glove on it. Which means he actually gets charged with an error.