The White Sox have named Rick Renteria as their new manager. Renteria takes over as the Sox’ manager one day after Robin Ventura announced he would not be returning to the Sox for a sixth season.
"Rick is incredibly well respected within the game as one of the top baseball men," said SVP/GM Rick Hahn. "We obviously have been very impressed by Rick over his past year as bench coach. He is a knowledgeable teacher of the game who loves to develop players and spends hours watching video looking for any nuance that gives us an edge. He is well respected within the clubhouse, and his ability to communicate in English and Spanish is a real plus as he interacts with our players."
Renteria’s managerial career started in 1998, when the Marlins named him manager of the Brevard County Manatees. He managed in Marlins minor league system through the 2001 season. He moved to the Padres system in 2003 where he became the hitting coach for Lake Elsinore. He became the manager there in 2004 and managed there through the 2006 season. In 2007, he became the manager for the Padres AAA team in Portland, OR.
In the 2008 season, Renteria joined the Padres major league coaching staff under Bud Black as their first base base coach. In 2011, he moved up to bench coach and stayed in that role through the 2013 season.
In 2014, Renteria was named as the new manager of the Cubs replacing former White Sox shortstop Dale Sveum. The Cubs finished 73-89 that season on a team that was still very much in a rebuilding mode. While his managing got generally favorable reviews, he was let go as manager once Joe Maddon became available.
After taking off 2015, Renteria joined the White Sox as the bench coach for 2016. He immediately became the heir apparent for the White Sox manager job.
While Renteria is now the manager, there has been no word of any changes in the other coaching positions for the White Sox. As mentioned throughout the weekend, the end of the season press conference with Rick Hahn will happen today at 11:00 am and will be available on the White Sox website as well as their Facebook page.