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White Sox pitchers, catchers get it going Thursday

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Robin Ventura will address the media at camp on Wednesday, a day before pitchers and catchers have their first official workout of the White Sox manager's first spring training as a field boss.

This camp will have a different vibe without Ozzie Guillen, Ventura's former Sox teammate who left the club with two games remaining last season to take the job of managing the Miami Marlins. Also gone are coaches Joey Cora, Jeff Cox and Greg Walker. Bench coach Mark Parent, third base coach Joe McEwing and hitting coach Jeff Manto are the newcomers on the staff, joining pitching coach Don Cooper, first base coach Harold Baines, bullpen coach Juan Nieves and assistant Mike Gellinger.

"It was time for a change," team captain Paul Konerko said of the new regime. "That had run its course. Ozzie was a success, and if you told everyone when he was hired in 2004 that there would be some crazy, totally wild stuff and some fights with some guys, but one year we'd win the World Series, everybody would have taken it.

"It's been a success, but it also ran its course -- with Ozzie and the organization. It was time to move on, and he's going be happy where he's at [in Miami]. It will be interesting to see what Robin, Joe Mac and Mark Parent bring. It's been a slow, steady decline so this needed to happen. That's sports, it happens a million times, we just have to build it back up and get it right.''

The first full workout with position players is Tuesday.

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