The Chicago Cubs have hired Rick Renteria to become their new manager, according to reports. The team will announce the deal tomorrow.
Renteria, 51, was formerly the San Diego Padres bench coach from 2011 to 2013, and was apart of the coaching staff since 2008. He managed the Brevard County Manatees in 1998, at the time the Marlins high-A affiliate. He also managed the Padres high-A affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm. He also managed the Mexican team during the World Baseball Classic. His experiences with not only American players could help him succeed even more as a manager. I think he will do a good job in Chicago.
Renteria was selected in the first round (20th overall) in the 1980 first year player draft. He played five years in the big leagues, acting as a utility player. Renteria spent most of his MLB career as a second and third baseman. He played for the Pirates, Mariners, and Marlins, hitting .237/.285/.322 with 4 HR and 41 RBI over his short career. After retiring in 1994, Renteria never left baseball.