White Sox part ways with Rick Renteria, will have new manager in 2021
Sox is splitting from Renteria, will have a new manager in 2021, who originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Rick Renteria won't be returning as a White Sox manager in 2021.
In 2020, Renteria led the White Sox to the franchise's first playoff appearance in a dozen years, but it frustrated the fan base and gained a lot of control during a late-season slide that lost eight of the last ten games on his bullpen management games in the regular season and elimination in a best-of-three playoff series.
The 2020 campaign marked Renteria's first opportunity to manage a competing roster, and the team quickly moved from Rebuild mode to Competitive mode, with a 23-6 mid-season increase that gave them the best record in the American League. But after securing a spot in the playoffs, the White Sox admittedly relaxed and stumbled to the finish line.
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The decision not to bring Renteria back is in stark contrast to how much everyone has spoken to the White Sox about him over his four seasons. He has been commended for his player development skills and praised for his relationships with his players, his belief in their abilities, and his tendency to let them be who they are as players and people.
The White Sox insisted he was the right manager to lead the team not only through the dark days of rebuilding, but also into its bright future. The White Sox abruptly decided to move on.
Now the focus is shifting to its replacement.
Would that be an accomplished free agent like A.J. Hinch or Alex Cora, a long-time Major League coach who deserves a chance like Sandy Alomar Jr., or a franchise legend with organizational familiarity like Jim Thome or A.J. Pierzynski remains to be seen.
Regardless, the South Side's next skipper will inherit a talented squad with a clear mission: win the World Series.
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