Renteria, White Sox Part Ways
Earlier this week, the Chicago White Sox announced that they have decided to part ways with manager Rick Renteria.
Renteria spent the last four seasons with the Chicago White Sox, leading the team to a 236-309 record during those four seasons.
The Chicago White Sox enjoyed their best season under Renteria in 2020, and the manager helped guide the team to the postseason for the first time since 2008. Chicago finished the season with a record of 35-25, but a late-season slide prevented the team from winning the AL Central Division.
The White Sox took on the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Round in the American League Playoffs and lost that series in three games. Chicago is positioned to be one of the best teams in the league over the next few seasons, but Renteria will no longer be at the helm.
According to general manager Rick Hahn, this decision was not based upon the results over the last few weeks, but rather as the organization taking the next step. It was evident that Renteria was not going to be the White Sox manager for long, but he was the right man to guide the team during the rebuilding phase.
The White Sox lost at least 89 games in each of the first three seasons under Renteria, but the team acquired a number of big-name free agent prospects prior to the start of the 2020 season. Couple that with the tremendous young talent on the roster, and this will be a popular job for prospective candidates.
Hahn announced on Monday that there was no timetable for choosing the next manager, but the candidate is likely to come from outside the organization. Former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will not be a candidate for the job, according to the general manager.
Tony La Russa a Candidate?
On Wednesday, a source confirmed to ESPN that the White Sox have received permission from the Los Angeles Angels to interview Tony La Russa. La Russa is currently working as a senior adviser to baseball operations with the Angels, beginning that job in 2019.
La Russa has not managed since 2011 after retiring from the St. Louis Cardinals after leading that team for 16 seasons. The 76-year-old capped off his Cardinals career with a World Series championship that season.
If the White Sox were able to convince La Russa to take over the team as manager, it would be a homecoming for the Hall of Famer. La Russa began his managerial career with the White Sox, leading the team from 1979-1986.
The White Sox fired La Russa midway through the 1986 season, but the manager would later begin a Hall of Fame career with the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. Sources close to La Russa indicate that he is still interested in becoming a manager and is open to listening to the White Sox offer.
Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch is also expected to become a favorite for this job and will likely earn an interview with the team.