Rick Renteria has once again found himself the manager of a Major League team in Chicago, as he will take over as the 40th manager in Chicago White Sox history after Robin Ventura resigned from the position yesterday.
The White Sox released the following statement on the hiring of Renteria:
Rick Renteria has been named the new manager of the Chicago White Sox, the club announced today, replacing Robin Ventura, whose contract ended following the 2016 season after five years as manager.
Renteria, 54, becomes the 40th manager in White Sox history and the only current Latino manager in Major League Baseball. He spent the 2016 season as the White Sox bench coach after being named to the position on November 10, 2015.
Prior to being added to Ventura’s staff last off-season, Renteria took the 2014 season off after Theo Epstein and the Cubs elected to fire Renteria and replace him with Joe Maddon. Renteria compiled a 73-89 record in his only season on the north side of Chicago.
Chicago White Sox vice president/general manager Rick Hahn told reporters today that there will be no additional changes announced to the coaching staff today but there will be as time progresses.
2017 will be Renteria’s 9th year as a big league coach that features six years as a coach on the San Diego Padres’ coaching staff. He has five years of big league playing experience with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Florida Marlins. Renteria is a career .237/.285/.322 hitter.
As for Ventura, he turned in 375-475 record as manager of the White Sox that included a 78-84 mark this season. Chicago failed to make the playoffs under Ventura in all five of his seasons as manager.
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