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Chicago White Sox and manager Rick Renteria part ways

The White Sox surprised pretty much everyone today when they announced that they were moving on from manager Rick Renteria.

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If you were to make a list of some of the more fun storylines from the 2020 baseball season, the Chicago White Sox would be near the top of the list. With Lucas Giolito looking like a potential star in their rotation and then with Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, and Luis Robert helping to fill out one of the best young lineups in all of baseball, the White Sox winning the AL Central was great for a sport in need of new storylines and fresh faces to get to know.

Unfortunately, the White Sox were unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs, but all signs seemed to be pointing up for the organization which is what made the news today all the more shocking.

Letting a manager go after a successful season, and that seems to be what happened here despite the ‘agreed to part ways’ language, is always a weird thing but there are a lot of considerations. Yes, Renteria just got the team to the postseason, but they also did get taken down in the first round and it is possible that the White Sox thought that a different manager could get even more out of the team. Without all of the details, it is hard to draw too many conclusions, but making this move before the postseason is even over is fairly telling of how the organization wants to position itself in terms of hiring this offseason.

Speaking of which, given the state of their roster, they should be able to pick from a large pool of candidates to fill the spot. With a roster loaded with young talent and more on the way, most if not all of the guys who are looking for managerial jobs this offseason are going to want the White Sox job.