Rick Renteria takes over helm of White Sox and is only Latino manager in MLB

Former Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria, who until yesterday was the bench coach at the White Sox this season, has been named the new manager of the Chicago White Sox.

Renteria takes over from Robin Ventura, who decided not to return to the club next season. Only one other manager in MLB history has ever managed both Chicago teams.

Born in Harbor City, California, to a Mexican-American family, Renteria entered the major leagues in 1986, debuting as an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would eventually go on to play for the Seattle Mariners and the Florida Marlins as well. Interestingly, his career included stints in Canada (with the Calgary Cannons) and in Mexico (with the Jalisco Charros). He began his coaching career after retirement in 1998, managing minor league teams in the Marlins organization. Besides managing the Cubs in 2014, Renteria was also the manager for Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

The White Sox finished 78-84 in the 2016 MLB season, fourth in the American League Central division. No team in MLB this season has featured a Hispanic manager since Fredi Gonzalez was fired from the top post of the Atlanta Braves in May.

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