Throughout the past couple of days, multiple sources have reported that the Chicago Cubs have had serious interest in hiring San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager. Now, two of the biggest names in the reporting world have centered on him as a more-than-likely hire.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 6, 2013
Ken Rosenthal of FOX and the Hall of Famer Peter Gammons are reporting that Renteria is set to be hired by the Cubs tomorrow, and that doesn’t come as a shock. The final road block in the way of the move centered on reports that Red Sox bench coach Torey Luvollo would be granted an interview, but as Rosenthal states above, that doesn’t appear likely to take place.
This would be the first managerial job for Rick Renteria, but he is no stranger to big league clubhouses. He previously interviewed for the Mariners and Tigers managerial positions earlier in the off-season, and the 51-year-old has been in professional coaching since 1998.
Rick Renteria isn’t the “splash” hire that I’m sure many people in Cubs “nation” would have wanted, but he does have a quality resume, and the fact that his name continues to pop up for jobs does lend credence to this likely hire.