AROUND THE HORN
White Sox: Robin Ventura announced he will not return as manager next season. Speaking after the season-ending 6-3 loss to the Twins, Ventura said it was “a personal decision.” He was in the last year of his contract. Ventura went 375-435 in five seasons with the White Sox. After an 85-77 debut in 2012 that wasn’t good enough for the playoffs, Ventura suffered through four consecutive losing seasons. Bench coach and former Cubs manager Rick Renteria will likely take over, but the team did not immediately announce a replacement.
Batting titles: DJ LeMahieu of the Rockies won his first NL batting title, sitting out his second straight game to protect his lead over the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy. LeMahieu hit a major league-leading .348 and finished one point ahead of Murphy with the NL’s highest average since the Braves’ Chipper Jones batted .364 in 2008. LeMahieu’s season ended Friday after three innings and two hitless at-bats. Playing half their games at hitter-friendly Coors Field, Rockies players have won batting titles in nine of the last 19 seasons.
Scully’s farewell: Vin Scully’s iconic voice on the videoboard in San Francisco welcomed a sellout crowd to Game No. 162, the regular-season finale, yes, and more notably the last of his decorated, 67-year Hall of Fame broadcasting career. “It’s time for Giant-Dodger baseball, the greatest rivalry in all of professional sports,” declared Scully, who declined the Giants’ offer of any kind of on-field celebration.
Braves: The Braves played their final game at Turner Field, ending a run that lasted a mere 20 seasons with a 1-0 victory over the Tigers. They are moving to a new stadium in the suburbs next season. A sellout crowd of 51,220 turned out for the occasion. The Braves marked the final game at the ballpark affectionately known as “the Ted” — a nod to its namesake and former Braves owner Ted Turner — with elaborate ceremonies before and after the game.