Chicago White Sox: Big test for Rick Renteria if baseball is played
The Chicago White Sox were looking forward to a great 2020 season but with the delay, they need big things from Rick Renteria.
The Chicago White Sox miss baseball. Every team does but not many fanbases were as excited as that of the Chicago White Sox. They made some great additions to their core that broke out in 2019. 2020 looked to be the year that they had a chance to turn the corner in their rebuild but for now, they have to wait due to the coronavirus pause. It has taken the landscape of the sports world and flipped it upsidedown.
With all of that, the White Sox had something going in Spring Training. It was canceled halfway through but before that happened, they seemed like a team with everything going for them. They were there to win and they made it known. There were stories about the music blasting, quotes from players about it being “playoffs or bust”, and positivity amongst the fanbase.
This all came to an abrupt end as it was starting to get good so you have to wonder how they are going to come back. Are they going to be so disappointed that it was cut short that it affects them mentally? Are they going to use it as even more motivation? A lot of it will be based on how their coaches handle the situation.
The jury is still out on Rick Renteria. He has literally never had a roster that is very good on paper until now. His one year with the Chicago Cubs was as part of a rebuilding team and then they cut him loose when they wanted to win. They hired Joe Maddon in his spot and won the World Series in 2016. It looks like the White Sox are going to give him at least one chance with a good roster.
That means this coronavirus pause makes things even more difficult for Renteria. He has to make sure that this team comes back with the same firey attitude that they had before the pause. He is commonly known for having teams that do not quit no matter what. The White Sox have competed to the best of their ability despite going through a rebuild. This needs to be a year where Renteria gets these guys going well once baseball returns.