Rick Renteria, who served the last two seasons as bench coach for the San Diego Padres, will be named Thursday to succeed the fired Dale Sveum as Chicago Cubs manager, the Tribune confirmed. Renteria, 51, has spent the past six seasons as a coach with the Padres and fits numerous qualifications that Cubs team President Theo Epstein sought after firing Sveum on Sept. 30. Renteria has extensive experience working with young players, having served eight seasons as a manager in the Marlins’ and Padres’ farm system. Renteria also is bilingual, which will help in communicating more directly with several Cubs players and prospects, namely Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Javier Baez. The hiring of Renteria completes a search that lasted more than five weeks, starting with the pursuit of Joe Girardi. But the Cubs never had a chance to speak directly with Girardi, who re-signed with the New York Yankees for four years. The Cubs also interviewed former major league managers A.J. Hinch, Eric Wedge and Manny Acta, as well as Dave Martinez and Brad Ausmus (hired by the Tigers). But they didn't receive permission to talk to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo because of an agreement after the 2011 season that stated that Cubs President Theo Epstein couldn't hire any employees from the Red Sox for a three-year window after Epstein departed Boston.
Rick Renteria set to be hired as Cubs manager
Chicago Tribune | Nov 7