GLENDALE, Ariz. — He's going from Mr. Nice Guy to Family Guy and Rick Renteria sounds ready for the difference.
Although he'll have to adapt some to his new role as White Sox manager, Renteria, who spent last season as the team's bench coach under Robin Ventura, said Monday at Camelback Ranch that he doesn't expect his upbeat personality would change much.
A father of four, Renteria sees a lot of similarities between parenting and being the manager of a baseball team. He intends to use that experience when his tenure as White Sox manager officially begins on Tuesday when pitchers and catchers report to camp and hold their first workout. Position players arrive on Saturday.
"The reality is I have a line that I have to toe in terms of having the responsibility to lead these guys in a particular direction," Renteria said. "So that is on me now, that is my law.
"There are going to be times where my guys don't like me very much, and that's OK. There are going to be time where I don't like them very much. But I'm always going to love them. A priest told me, kids aren't always going to love your parents, and parents are not always going to love your kids. But it's the same thing, same approach."
Unlike when he managed the Cubs for two seasons, Renteria is already familiar with his roster after he spent last season with the White Sox. When Ventura stepped down at the end of last season, the White Sox didn't hesitate, naming Renteria their manager the very next day.
Renteria is at an advantage as he already knows the temperature of the room having been around most of his club for the past season. There's still plenty of work to be done, but Renteria is starting in a good position.
"Obviously having the ability to know some of the personalities is a big difference," Renteria said. "We tried to do as much studying as we could on the other young men we had previous. But getting to know some of the guys that were here all last year, it's still going to be a process getting to know the new guys coming into camp. We are watching a little bit of what they have done from the game's perspective, but getting to know them personally is another big piece of the puzzle."
Renteria doesn't intend to make wholesale changes to how spring camp is run — "just trying to be a little bit more detailed," he said. As for his own management style, Renteria doesn't plan much adjustment there, either, based off his 2014 experience with the Cubs.
"If there's anything, from a personal standpoint, is that you know that a process does work," Renteria said. "When you're going about doing things and understanding that outcomes, results — they'll hear me talking about it a lot. Everyone wants to win. Everyone wants to get the big hit — those are all results. We have to concentrate on making sure we understand when we don't get it done, was it because we failed in our approach or was it the outcome based on we did everything perfectly well and it was just what was given to us in that particular moment?"