(CBS) Rick Renteria has another shot at leading a Chicago baseball.
Two years after one-season stint with the Cubs ended, Renteria on Monday morning was officially named the 40th manager in White Sox franchise history. He replaces Robin Ventura, who announced Sunday he wouldn’t return after five seasons as manager. Ventura’s contract had expired.
The 54-year-old Renteria becomes the only current Latino manager in the big leagues. He spent the past season as the White Sox’s bench coach.
“I appreciate this tremendous opportunity to manage the Chicago White Sox,” Renteria said in a statement. “It is a great honor as well as a great responsibility. Over the past season as Robin Ventura’s bench coach, I have gotten to know the players and staff very well, and I look forward to helping us achieve our goals together. We want to field a team that plays smart baseball, takes advantage of any opportunity within the game and competes hard each and every day in a way that makes White Sox fans proud of our team’s effort.
“I also want to thank Robin for his friendship and leadership over this past year,” Renteria said. “His class, professionalism and commitment to the White Sox organization is unmatched, and I enjoyed and learned a great deal during our year together.”
Renteria went 73-89 in his lone season in charge of the Cubs in 2014. He was fired so the Cubs could hire free-agent manager Joe Maddon.
Renteria also was a manager for eight seasons in the minor leagues.
“Rick is incredibly well respected within the game as one of the top baseball men,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We obviously have been very impressed by Rick over his past year as bench coach. He is a knowledgeable teacher of the game who loves to develop players and spends hours watching video looking for any nuance that gives us an edge. He is well respected within the clubhouse, and his ability to communicate in English and Spanish is a real plus as he interacts with our players.”
The White Sox will introduce Renteria at 11 a.m. Monday.