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Why AJ Hinch should be the next White Sox manager

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Now-former White Sox manager Rick Renteria is a really nice person who deserved better from Chicago baseball, but like Clint Eastwood once said, "Deserve's got nothing to do with it."

Twice now has Renteria helped shepherd a Windy City ballclub through the maze of rebuilding, only to be let go just as things were getting good. First the Cubs, then the White Sox, saw their hopes for contention about to be realized, assessed their dugout situation and decided that they could do better.

To be clear, the statement put out by the White Sox on Monday morning said that Renteria and the team "agreed to part ways following the 2020 season," suggesting the decision was mutual. And perhaps it was to some degree, but that's a weird notion and really it's a side point to what should happen next. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was emphatic that that the White Sox's playoff showing, during which Renteria's handling of the bullpen was widely panned, was not the reason for the switch.