The Chicago Cubs introduced Rick Renteria as the team’s new manager on Thursday.
In a press conference with reporters on Thursday, Renteria dispelled the notion that the Cubs will not play at a high level under his watch.
“The assumption that our team won’t be able to play at a high level, I don’t make that assumption,” Renteria said in a conference call to announce his hiring Thursday afternoon. “I assume that every team that is put on the field … has a chance to win a ball game every single day.”-Rick Renteria, ESPN Chicago
When a manager is being introduced, unfortunately, there will be a lot of cliches. Nonetheless, there is wide assumption that the Cubs will not be competitive for at least two more seasons. As such, it is nice to here Renteria not conforming to the expectations of the team. Having said that, what else would one have expected the new manager to say?
The Cubs front office has been criticized for the duration of the search. After beginning the search in the beginning days of October, it took the team nearly a month to find their new manager. There is a consensus among some that the Cubs were not sold on Renteria. That is not the case. Cubs president Theo Epstein refuted that notion on Thursday when he insisted that Renteria passed every part of their search.
“You can’t find anyone in the game to say a bad word or even a neutral word about Rick Renteria,” Cubs team president Theo Epstein said. “He excelled throughout the entire process.”-Epstein, ESPN Chicago
There is something called due diligence. If the Cubs front office is guilty of anything it would be for doing their due diligence. The Cubs knew nearly three weeks ago that Renteria would be their next manager. But that wasn’t going to stop the team from gathering information and ideas from prospective candidates. Something that Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery was praised for when searching for the Bears new head coach last January.
The results are still mixed on the Cubs hire of Renteria. Some feel that Renteria is another bridge of the gap manager like Dale Sveum and others feel Renteria is the manager of the Cubs for the long-haul. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle. But, it seems less likely that the Cubs would hire another bridge of the gap manager after firing that manager in Dale Sveum. Renteria is the guy. The guy that is expected to develop and manage Cubs top prospects into a Major League Baseball team that contends on a consistent basis.