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Rick Renteria officially named White Sox manager


It was hinted over the weekend that White Sox bench coach Rick Renteria would be named the new manager after Robin Ventura resigned. This morning they made it official.

Renteria will be the first White Sox manager with previous managerial experience since Jeff Torborg back in 1988. He’s also only the second person to manage both Chicago teams, following Johnny Evers in that previously unique honor. Renteria’s one season at the helm of the Cubs resulted in a 73-89 season in 2014. He was fired after Joe Maddon became available after getting out of his Rays contract. If that hadn’t happened, there’s a good chance the Cubs would’ve kept Renteria on board for another year.

But now he’s back in the managerial chair. The job in front of him is a lot bigger than the one he faced on the North Side — there has not been a full-scare rebuild ready to bear fruit with the Sox, if you hadn’t noticed — but he’ll likely get a longer and more full shot to prove himself on the South Side than he did with the Cubs.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.