Big news coming out of the Windy City today, as the Chicago White Sox have parted ways with now-former manager, Rick Renteria. Renteria now has the honorable distinction as being let go by both Chicago baseball teams. Renteria led the White Sox to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. However, a lot of his decisions were questionable throughout the year. His use of the bullpen was questionable at best and his lineups always felt off.
Renteria was hired on October 3rd, 2016, taking over for Robin Ventura. Renteria had previously served as a bench coach for Ventura. He just completed his fourth season as White Sox manager. In four seasons at the helm, Renteria led the White Sox to a 236-309 (.436) record and one postseason appearance.
While it looks like he may have gotten the short end of the stick in Chicago again, as the White Sox (just like the Cubs when he was let go) are ready to contend now and the rebuild is just about over. Especially if they can land another arm and/or stud prospect Michael Kopech can show what most White Sox fans think he has. The future is bright on the Southside.
That leaves the question, who will the next manager of the Chicago White Sox be? There are a few great candidates for this young team, let’s take a look.
AJ Hinch: Hinch would be perfect for this role and my number one choice. Hinch led the Astros to a World Series title before being fired for being caught cheating. Hinch is great with young players and would be a great fit for guys like Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert. Sadly for Detroit Tigers fans this White Sox job just opened up and made their manager search that much harder. I expect to see Hinch on the Sox bench in 2021.
AJ Pierzynski: This is more of an I wish, as I don’t think this will actually happen. However, AJ has a history with the organization and is incredibly close with White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. AJ is a former catcher so that lends a helping hand as they are seemingly the first to grab managerial jobs with little experience.
Joey Cora: Former long time member of the organization. Cora’s name has been long rumored to be the head man for the Sox. Will it finally happen? Doubt it.
Sandy Alomar Jr.: Alomar has been with the Indians for 10 seasons now and seems to be the heir apparent to Terry Francona. Stealing him from the Tribe’s bench would be nice for the Sox but I don’t think this is likely.
Joe McEwing: McEwing has been in the Sox organization since 2011. McEwing could be the guy for the job but I don’t think the Sox go that route. I expect them to hire somebody with experience. However, I’d expect to see McEwing on the bench somewhere.