Posted November 07, 2013

Cubs name Rick Renteria as new manager

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Rick Renteria is the third first-time manager to be hired this offseason. (Andy Hayt/Getty Images)

Rick Renteria is the fourth first-time manager to be hired in the Major Leagues this offseason. (Andy Hayt/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs announced Thursday that they have hired Rick Renteria as their new manager. The Chicago Tribune‘s Mark Gonzales reported Wednesday that the team was expected to hire Renteria.

Renteria replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired as the Cubs manager after going 127-197 in two seasons with the team.

Renteria, 51, had been San Diego’s bench coach for the past three seasons, and spent a total of six seasons with the team.

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Though he doesn’t have any Major League managerial experience, he managed in the minor leagues for three seasons and skippered Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic last spring.

More from the Tribune:

Renteria also is bilingual, which will help in communicating more directly with several Cubs players and prospects, namely Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Javier Baez.

Renteria, a first-round pick of the Pirates in the 1980 draft, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Pirates (1986), Mariners (1987-88) and Marlins (1993-94), for whom he earned the nickname the “Secret Weapon’’ after batting .351 in 74 at-bats with runners in scoring position.


10 comments
ngk11
ngk11

This just in--The cubs will still suck

fiddle
fiddle

I played against him in '91.  He could hit.  He led the league that year with a .442 avg.  Was a lot skinnier back then...:-)

beast
beast

The Cubs had the best team I've ever seen in 1989. That was back when WGN showed over 90% of their games and people watched mostly because of Harry Caray. 

They won over 90 games that year and Manager Don Zimmer personally blew around 20 games with his caveman, full retard managing style. Then he and his staff fed the pitchers bad advice in the NLCS and Will Clark looked like Reggie Jackson. Until finally Zimmer left Mike Bielecki in the game after he walked multiple batters with 2 outs and the Cubs lost. 

As bad as Zimmer was the Cubs stuck with the fool a couple more years but when they finally dumped him most of the talent was gone or past their prime. 

That year, 1989,  not 2003 was when the Cubs should've been World Champions. And they were robbed by their Manager of that prize. That's how important a great manager is to the process. 

Now we see the Cubs gamble on a rookie. But what are they going to do? They gambled and lost on the last 2 guys when Ryan Sandberg was right there  and they were too stupid to sign him. 

It's not bad luck that stops the Cubs, it is total stupidity and gambler's mentality from GM to GM that leads to bad decisions and risks that don't work out. 

And it has become obvious that Theo Epstein was not the answer many thought he was. He has failed miserably to find the right manager for this team and The Red Sox took a year to dismantle his run down team and be World Champs again. While Theo's team is losing 90 games a year and will go nowhere in the next 5 years. 


doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

(facepalm) I feel bad for Cubs fans. Like my best friend said, his great grandkids will be around to see the Cubs win a World Series. I think they are trying to lose on purpose. 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

That Theo Epstein is a real baseball genius! This move ought to put the Cubs firmly on the path to only 90 losses next season. Seriously - What the F....? But the Ricketts family has little incentive to put a winning team on the field as long as fans pack Wrigley Field, win or lose.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@beast 


Well thought out and I agree with you. I always thought 1989 was their year as well and not 2003. I still feel bad for Batman in 2003. That was NOT his fault. Every one of us would have done the same thing and what people over look is the fact that there was another game to play after that (Also, there was the miffed double play earlier in the Bartman game that would have cleared the bases). 

I am a Red Sox fan and Theo did some good, but he ruined that team. People hated on Dan Duquette, but I loved the guy. He built that team up and Theo added a few pieces to have them win. After that Theo got lucky with Mike Lowell as a throw in with Beckett. I'm not saying Theo didn't help in bringing 2 World Series to Boston; I will forever love the guy for that, but he did make terrible decisions on who to sign and who to let go.

As for his time with the Cubs; enjoy having him as your GM. Sandberg should of been the manager, but lets see how Rick does. 

akaslon
akaslon

@beast  1989 is the year I started watching the Cubs sand I couldn't agree more with you about Ryne Sandberg. I thought they would go get him from Philly, at very least would have brought people back that have started to give up on them.


BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@beast Red Sox started with more and had better trade assets than the Cubs.