2019 will be an important season for White Sox manager Rick Renteria. It’s a contract year and could determine if he’s the best man to lead the team moving forward.
The Chicago White Sox have been quiet this offseason. They still have some holes to fill heading into 2018 but 2019 is what we’ll all have our eyes on. And it’ll be an important season for manager Rick Renteria. 2019 is when this team should be able to compete. It’s also a contract year for Renteria and the Sox performance will determine if he’s the right man to lead this team long term. The White Sox gave him a three-year contract.
For what it’s worth, Renteria did a great job during his first season with the White Sox. The players seem to love playing for him and he definitely has backed them. However, he will ultimately be judged by how many wins he gets. If it becomes obvious he’s not the one who can win with this team, then Rick Hahn will have no choice but to part ways with him.
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Renteria has been good for the young White Sox. When he was with the Cubs he did a great job helping develop their young talent. And they probably wouldn’t be where they are if it wasn’t for him. Hopefully, he can do that with this club and turn them into a winning team.
Three years should be enough time to figure out if Renteria is the man for the job. What really helps is the organization decided to pick a lane prior to his first season at the helm. The rebuild is in full swing and he will have a lot of young talent to utilize in the coming seasons. 2018 will be more of a throwaway year due to the state of the club. Most of their young talent is still in the minors.
Fans would like to see guys like Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer continue their development. That will be a key indicator of Renteria’s performance. This team isn’t expected to win next season, so Hahn will have to look at other factors. The biggest one being is your young prospects developing into solid contributors.
Right now there’s no reason why Renteria couldn’t manage this club past 2019. All the team has to do is continue making improvement year over year. If that happens then the White Sox will have found their manager for the long haul.