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The two sides “part ways,” which lends some intrigue; coaching staff’s fate remains uncertain

Wild Card Round - Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics - Game One
OAKLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Rick Renteria #17 of the Chicago White Sox signals the bullpen to make a pitching change against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of the Wild Card Round Game One at RingCentral Coliseum on September 29, 2020.
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Well, we thought it would just be a normal “state of the Sox” postseason address from general manager Rick Hahn this morning, but that 11 a.m. Zoom just got a lot more exciting, as the White Sox broke the news at 10:17 a.m. that Ricky Renteria was gone.

We’ll have full coverage of the firing, and of Hahn’s address, later in the day. For now, here is the White Sox release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 12, 2020

WHITE SOX AND MANAGER RICK RENTERIA AGREE TO PART WAYS

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox and Manager Rick Renteria have agreed to part ways following the 2020 season, White Sox general manager/senior vice president Rick Hahn announced today.

Renteria completed his fourth season as White Sox manager in 2020, leading the Sox to a 35-25 (.583) record and a tie for second place in the American League Central. The White Sox lost their best-of-three AL postseason Wild Card series in three games to the Oakland Athletics. In his four seasons (2017-20) at the helm, Renteria guided the White Sox to a 236-309 (.436) mark and one postseason appearance.

Renteria became the 40th manager in White Sox history when he was hired on Oct. 3, 2016 to replace Robin Ventura. He originally joined the Sox as bench coach on Nov. 10, 2015.

Renteria, who also managed the Chicago Cubs in 2014, owns a 309-398 (.437) record in his five seasons as a major league manager.

The status of the coaching staff will be determined moving forward and in consultation with the team’s next manager.