White Sox: Analyzing Rick Renteria’s Lineups and Other Strategies

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 28: Manager Rick Renteria #36 of the Chicago White Sox is thrown out of the game after arguing a call with umpire Tony Randazzo #11 during the third inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 28: Manager Rick Renteria #36 of the Chicago White Sox is thrown out of the game after arguing a call with umpire Tony Randazzo #11 during the third inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

Renteria’s Potential Replacement?

Given how the White Sox run things it wouldn’t surprise me if the guy they replaced was somehow worse than Renteria. Similar to when the Chicago Bears fired Lovie Smith, many Bears fans who called for this were shocked to find that the two coaches that followed him were significantly worse. Until the White Sox find their Matt Nagy version of an MLB Manager, I wouldn’t fire Renteria just to do it.

The point is for the time being, Renteria is going to be the White Sox manager. Unfortunately he is an old-school guy who manages the way the games was played when he was a player in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and doesn’t follow the new strategies of 2019 or even 2009.

The White Sox are running things like it’s still 1999, which is pretty disappointing given that when the rebuild started they claimed they were going to do things differently from now on, and dispel previous notions about their team. The only thing they have really done differently is make their team younger, which I think is a good idea, but it’s time to start employing other new strategies as well.

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Baseball decisions aside, I have no reason to believe Renteria is a dumb guy, so I would recommend he take a course in statistics or at least do something to learn about sabermetrics, beginning with reading Bill James.

This isn’t personal as I want Renteria to do a good job and help his team win more games, but unfortunately, he’s doing the reverse so something has got to change.

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