The Chicago Cubs have hired Rick Renteria as their manager for the 2014 season. The Cubs announced the decision to make the former Padres bench coach their new manager on Thursday, November 7th. By all accounts, Renteria is a well-liked person throughout baseball who has previous managerial experience within the Marlins and Padres organizations. He assumed the role as Padres bench coach in 2011, and managed the Mexican National Baseball Team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Renteria will be under contract for three years with club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Cubs have struggled mightily the past couple years, and have not made the playoffs since 2008. Renteria has plenty of work ahead, but he is optimistic about his team’s ability to win games.
Padres outfielder Will Venable spoke highly of Renteria as an extremely knowledgeable baseball coach. If Venable is any indication of Renteria’s coaching abilities, then the Cubs hired a superior baseball mind to lead their team. Venable has progressed nicely since becoming a major leaguer in 2008, and turned a corner in his game by adding power to his speed. Venable is also a human highlight reel in the outfield and was voted Padres MVP for the 2013 season.
Friars on Base will be rooting for Renteria in 2014. It feels good to see a former Friar get his shot.
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