By Bruce Levine–
CHICAGO (CBS) — The White Sox will name Rick Renteria their new manager Monday, multiple sources confirmed to CBSChicago.com. Currently the White Sox bench coach, Renteria will replace Robin Ventura and become the 40th manager in franchise history.
On Saturday, the White Sox wouldn’t comment on Ventura’s status or if Renteria would become the manager. They have called a press conference for 11 a.m. on Monday at U.S.Cellular Field, with general manager Rick Hahn set to address the media at that time.
The 49-year-old Ventura’s contract expires at season’s end, marking the end of a five-year run on the South Side. Ventura went 85-77 in his first year as manager in 2012, when he finished third in Manager of the Year voting. His club was in first place for 117 games before losing to the Tigers in two September series and finishing second in the AL Central.
Since the end of 2012, Ventura’s teams have had four straight losing seasons. In that stretch, they’re 290-357, including a 78-83 mark this season heading into Sunday’s season finale. Ventura replaced Ozzie Guillen after his former White Sox teammate left to take a new deal managing the Marlins.
Renteria has a long coaching and player development resume, including a one-year stint as manager of the Cubs in 2014. He was fired in October 2014 and replaced not because of a bad record but due to the availability of Joe Maddon as a free-agent manager. Renteria, 54, was still being paid by the Cubs this season as he coached for the White Sox.
Under Renteria, the Cubs finished 73-89 in 2014. The team played over.500 baseball the last 75 games of that year. Renteria was given credit for helping young players like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo get straightened out after having poor seasons in 2013. Both Rizzo and Castro had bounce-back years and made the National League All-Star team in 2014.
Renteria was hired as the White Sox bench coach last winter. He replaced Mark Parent, who was dismissed as bench coach after 2014. Renteria had sat out the 2015 season after he was fired by the Cubs.
Renteria was a former number first-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and spent parts of five seasons in the big leagues before beginning coaching/player development career.
No announcements on Renteria’s staff are expected to be made Monday, as they’ll come in the future. Renteria has close ties to Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones and Cubs minor league coordinator Doug Dascenzo. Jones was brought in by Renteria when he joined the Cubs, and Dascenzo was also hired to coach on Renteria’s staff after the 2014 season but was then bumped when he team fired Renteria and hired Maddon.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.