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.