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Source: Rick Renteria would fit well as White Sox bench coach

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Source: Rick Renteria would fit well as White Sox bench coach

Rick Renteria is reportedly set to meet again with the White Sox this week about their vacated bench coach position. One industry source thinks hiring Renteria would be a wise move.

Renteria, who managed the Cubs in 2014, previously served as the bench coach of the San Diego Padres from 2011-13. The White Sox have been searching for a new bench coach for manager Robin Ventura’s staff since Mark Parent was dismissed two days before the end of the 2015 season.

“He will never step on Ventura’s toes and will make him better and the players also,” the scout said.

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Renteria, 53, is highly experienced, one of the top requirements general manager Rick Hahn has sought in a new coach. He also is bilingual, which Hahn said he wouldn’t mind given the team has a number of Spanish-speaking players.

Several young Cubs players flourishedunder Renteria, including infielder Starlin Castro.

Renteria received a strong endorsement from ex-Padres manager Bud Black in November 2013. Black said Renteria knew how to work with players while also maintaining a role as an authority figure.

“He’s got a very perceptive eye for players and a very good perspective,” Black said. “If something is not going how Ricky expects it, they’ll know where he stands.”

Black also praised Renteria because he “didn’t have any future agenda.”

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A Score 670 report on Monday suggested Renteria is set for a second meeting with the White Sox this week.

MLB.com previously reported the White Sox have also spoken with ex-Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta and former Royals player Raul Ibanez about the position.

The White Sox also wanted to speak to Sandy Alomar for the opening, but he declined to be interviewed, a baseball source said. 

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