Rick Renteria out as White Sox manager, could Alex Cora or A.J. Hinch take over?
The Chicago White Sox announced Monday morning that they "have agreed to part ways with manager Rick Renteria".
Renteria led the club to a 35:25 record and their first playoff spot since 2008. During the shortened COVID-19 season, they finished second in AL Central, losing their wildcard series 2-1 to Oakland Athletics .
Renteria, 58, was hired to succeed Robin Ventura on October 3, 2016. He was 236-309 and led the White Sox. He was previously the club's bank coach. The move has an unfortunate familiarity for Renteria. He also managed the Chicago Cubs towards the end of a rebuilding cycle in 2014, but was fired in favor of Joe Maddon when the team reached the height of the altercation.
The manager had left his coaching contract for a year. The White Sox said in the statement that "the status of the coaching staff will be determined in the future and in consultation with the team's next manager".
Rick Renteria will no longer run the Chicago White Sox. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)
Candidates to join White Sox Manager
The leadership position at White Sox immediately becomes very attractive. The team is definitely on the upswing. Young talents like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito and Yoan Moncada have opened the White Sox's competition window wide.
It feels a lot like when Renteria lost the Cubs job when they were close to a World Series. Many expect a high-profile attitude, and GM Rich Hahn seemed to signal that those expectations are correct.
Two people immediately come to mind - A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora, the two World Series winners who were ousted as part of the Astros fraud scandal. Hinch won the World Series 2017 as Astros manager with Cora as bank coach. Cora then moved to the Red Sox and won the 2018 World Series.
The Astros fraud program cost them both their jobs and earned them a year-long ban from MLB. Both Hinch and Cora are suspended until the World Series, but can then get another job in the league. Their finishes might be in demand as the Tigers said they would consider Cora and Hinch, and Cora's old job with the Red Sox is open.
Other names for the job haven't popped up yet - but the White Sox made one thing clear. Ozzie Guillen, who won a World Series as the White Sox manager and is now a Chicago TV analyst, is not counted for this job.
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