In a somewhat shocking development, the White Sox announced this morning that they have parted ways with manager Rick Renteria. The status of the rest of the coaching staff will be determined in conjunction with the new manager, though pitching coach Don Cooper is also expected to move on. Renteria originally joined the White Sox following the 2015 season as bench coach and was named the team’s 40th manager, replacing Robin Ventura, following the 2016 season.
General Manager Rick Hahn said that the ideal candidate to replace Renteria will have recent post-season experience with a championship organization. Interestingly enough, two such managers, A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora, will be coming off their year-long suspensions following the completion of the World Series. Both are thought to be on the shortlist for the opening in Detroit, though I’d be surprised if Cora doesn’t end up back with the Red Sox. One name not in the mix is former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was told by owner Jerry Reinsdorf that he would not be considered.
In some ways, this move reminds me of one made by another Reinsdorf team back in the summer of 1989. After reaching the Eastern Conference finals and losing to the Pistons, the Bulls fired coach Doug Collins, saying that while he had gotten the team from point A to point B, he wasn’t the right man to get them to point C. If this move turns out half as well for the White Sox, everyone involved will be ecstatic.