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OSU baseball: Robin Ventura joins coaching staff

STILLWATER — Robin Ventura is returning to Oklahoma State.

The former MLB All-Star and manager is joining the Cowboys’ baseball coaching staff as a student assistant, the program announced Tuesday. D1baseball.com first reported the news.

As a student assistant, Ventura will be working to complete his degree as well. 

"Robin Ventura will enhance the lives of our players — his experiences inside the game of baseball as a college player, major league player and major league manager provide rare and unique perspective to all of us inside the program," OSU coach Josh Holliday said in a release. "When Robin expressed interest in coming back and finishing his degree and joining our coaching staff, it was exciting. In addition to being an amazing player, Robin is an amazing person, teammate and leader who understands people and what a successful organization is all about. He brings people together and has a love for OSU that led him back to campus.

"What a statement about the value of finishing your degree and giving back to the school that helped launch your career. We have a very special coaching staff that will provide our players an amazing experience and a perspective on the game unlike any other in the country."

The Cowboys now have an All-Star staff.

Ventura and new volunteer assistant Matt Holliday were both MLB All-Stars. Both were also highly regarded throughout their careers.

And Ventura is known as one of college baseball’s all-time best hitters.

Ventura played for OSU from 1986-88. He still holds the NCAA hitting-streak record with a hit in 58 straight games. He batted .428 in his career. He received the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top player, in 1988.

He played 16 seasons in the big leagues, was named an All-Star twice and won six Gold Glove Awards. He collected 1,885 hits and 294 home runs. Ventura also managed the Chicago White Sox from 2012-16. 

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

“I'm really excited to do this," Ventura said in a release. "For me, I could do quite a few things, but Oklahoma State and Cowboy Baseball is special. I wanted to do and be somewhere that meant a lot to me, not just the baseball part — I love baseball and coaching and being a part of that — but being at Oklahoma State adds an extra layer of specialness to me. 

"The people here are family to me, this place means a lot to me and the program means a lot to me. All of it came together with Josh's help and Josh's wishes and being with this staff and guys who I've known a long time makes it very exciting to be back here."

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2018 inductee Robin Ventura speaks to the media during the press conference for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Riverwind Casino in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

2018 inductee Robin Ventura speaks to the media during the press conference for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Riverwind Casino in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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