Ricky Renteria is a good man. I wish him well. The Sox need an experienced manager who is ready and capable of winning a World Series. Understanding pitching is essential. A guy that blends analytics with baseball savvy is the key. A former catcher. Sounds about right. But who?
Reteria sealed his fate with about a week to go in the season. His handling of the pitching staff was baffling and it’s good to see that they’re moving on from Cooper as well. I give the Sox credit for being loyal but the Cooper year was years overdue.
Sandy Alomar Jr gets my vote of confidence. He had a great year filling in for Tito in Cleveland. Small sample, yes. But he isn’t linked to any cheating scandals. Hinch would probably be a decent manager, but the thought of the Sox hiring him makes me consider my fandom and if I can really root for my team like I always have. Cora is a hard no. He was the biggest cheater.
What a pleasant surprise. I was good with firing Renteria that day in August when he batted Nicky Delmonico clean-up. Bringing in Carlos Rodon instead of Aaron Bummer in the Cleveland series was almost as egregious…one of those moves that undoubtedly had the players wondering what the heck was going on.
Every name that’s been floated so far would be an improvement, but I would think they’d pick a manager who can speak Spanish. Reinsdorf is known to like Alomar.
Ozzie Guillén and Tony LaRussa are not the answer for the south side ball club.
And while LaRussa turned a “watchful eye” away with a nod in Oakland and later in St. Louis, a manager who cheated as AJ Hinch or Alex Cora, they both bred a culture of cheating to win, not just a few ball players juicing for their own benefit.
The ball club needs to find a Joe Maddon that can in-game manage and understands pitching in-game and handling bull pens for a season too.
The ball club is on the cusp, the right skipper will make a difference.
I saw someone comment that you need a Renterria before you get a manager who can get you to a world series. Before Renterria there was a Joe Maddon and we all know what happened there! He must got the touch, although not to keep a manager job evidently.
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Since the Cards are apparently never going to give Jose Oquendo a chance, maybe the White Sox will. He may be happy where he is though, but I think he’d be worth giving a call too.
Yadier Molina knows pitchers and pitching, knows in-game management, speaks Spanish is a clubhouse leader — and is a top-notch individual who can also give you an easy 150 Hall of Fame-caliber games behind the plate. Now is the time for the Chisox to build or bust.