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White Sox officially name Rick Renteria manager

White Sox officially name Rick Renteria manager

It didn't take the White Sox long to name Robin Ventura's successor.

The team announced Monday morning that Rick Renteria is the 40th manager in club history.

Renteria, who served as bench coach on Ventura's staff during the 2016 season, gets his second shot as a big league skipper following his one-year stint managing the Cubs in 2014, during which he posted a 73-89 record with a fifth-place finish in the National League Central.

“I appreciate this tremendous opportunity to manage the Chicago White Sox,” Renteria said in the announcement. “It is a great honor as well as a great responsibility. Over the past season as Robin Ventura’s bench coach, I have gotten to know the players and staff very well, and I look forward to helping us achieve our goals together. We want to field a team that plays smart baseball, takes advantage of any opportunity within the game, and competes hard each and every day in a way that makes White Sox fans proud of our team’s effort.

“I also want to thank Robin for his friendship and leadership over this past year. His class, professionalism and commitment to the White Sox organization is unmatched, and I enjoyed and learned a great deal during our year together.”

Ventura told reporters that he would not be continuing as manager during Sunday's postgame press conference. Ventura managed the White Sox for five seasons, posting a 375-435 record with a second-place finish in the American League Central in 2012 followed by a fifth-place finish and fourth-place finishes in each of the last three seasons.

“Rick is incredibly well respected within the game as one of the top baseball men,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in the announcement. “We obviously have been very impressed by Rick over his past year as bench coach. He is a knowledgeable teacher of the game who loves to develop players and spends hours watching video looking for any nuance that gives us an edge. He is well respected within the clubhouse, and his ability to communicate in English and Spanish is a real plus as he interacts with our players.”

Renteria is the second person to manage both Chicago major league teams, joining Johnny Evers, who was White Sox manager in 1924 and managed the Cubs during the 1913 and 1921 seasons.

Prior to his first big league managerial job in 2014, Renteria managed for eight seasons in the minor leagues and spent six seasons as an assistant coach with the San Diego Padres, also managing Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Hahn and Renteria will meet the media at 11 a.m. Monday. CSN and CSNChicago.com will have live coverage of the press conference.

Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox


Chris Sale labors in World Series opener for Red Sox

When Chris Sale was with the White Sox, fans dreamed of seeing him headline a postseason playoff rotation.

That never materialized in his time with the White Sox, but Sale is headlining a World Series rotation for the Red Sox. The 29-year-old pitched Game 1 for the Red Sox against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Sale didn't last long, making it into the fifth and getting pulled before recording an out. In those 4+ innings, Sale gave up three runs while striking out seven.

One of the key plays of the game featured Manny Machado getting an RBI single against Sale in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2. Machado later had an RBI groundout to again tie the game in the fifth before Boston regained the lead in the bottom half of that inning.

Was that a meeting of the White Sox past (Sale) against the White Sox future (Machado)? Machado will be a highly sought after free agent this winter and the White Sox have been connected to the former Orioles infielder since last offseason.

Game 1 featured a stellar pitching matchup of Sale against Clayton Kershaw, but it didn't materialize as it looked on paper. Sale labored while Kershaw gave up five runs in 4+ innings.

This postseason hasn't been a standout one for Sale. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA in 16 1/3 innings over four appearances (three starts and a relief appearance).

The longer Chris Sale is with the Red Sox, the less this will feel relevant to the White Sox, but it is still something to see the longtime White Sox ace on the mound starting a World Series opener.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado


White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast