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Still hale and hearty, Reinsdorf discusses future

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Even at the age of 77, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is still going strong.

Before or after any game at U.S. Cellular Field, you can usually spot walking up or down the stairs behind home plate.

And instead of catching an afternoon nap, Reinsdorf was in his familiar spot Tuesday before the White Sox played the Red Sox -- on the field watching batting practice while chatting with manager Robin Ventura and his coaching staff.

There will come a day when Reinsdorf is no longer running the White Sox and the NBA Bulls.

In an interview with the Sports Business Journal, Reinsdorf said he recommended his sons Michael, David and Jonathan keep controlling interest in the Bulls -- but not the White Sox.

On Sept. 13, 2010, Michael Reinsdorf was named the Bulls' president and chief operating officer.

Scott Reifert, the Sox' senior vice president of communications, spoke to Reinsdorf about the SBJ story Tuesday and released a statement.

"Jerry appreciates all the care and concern about his future, but is happy to still be going strong, and he plans to be around for quite a while longer," Reifert wrote. "During the SBJ interview, Jerry said he intended to be at the ballpark for the 2033 MLB All-Star Game. Jerry has said that while it is his recommendation that the club be put up for sale once he is no longer with us, he acknowledges that his vote won't count at that point in the discussion.

"He recognizes that he may be in the fourth quarter, but as he said, he's playing for triple overtime. The succession of the White Sox is fluid at this point and ultimately will depend on timing and other circumstances. Certainly, nothing is definitive, and right now the plan is to address succession after the 2033 All-Star Game."

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