With Rick Renteria still recovering in San Diego from hip replacement surgery, the Cubs announced the three-year deal with their 53rd manager with a early afternoon Press Release.
A video news conference was scheduled for later in the day.
Renteria was signed to a three-year contract with a two-year club option. The 51-year-old spent the past six seasons in the San Diego dugout, three as a first base coach and the last three as the bench coach. His resume includes 1,122 games as a minor league manager and over 1,000 pro games, including 184 in the majors. He also managed Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Renteria's pro baseball career began when the Pirates used their first round pick in 1980 (20th overall) to select the infielder from South Gate High School in California. He spent seven years in the Pirates' minors, making the slow rise to the majors. Renteria made his MLB debut Sept. 14, 1986, against the Cubs, recording a pinch-hit single off Ron Davis to leadoff the bottom of the 8th in a 9-2 win. He was shipped to Seattle as the PTNL in a trade for Bob Segal in the off-season.
He spent four seasons in the Mariners organization playing 43 games for Seattle, hitting .194/.218/.296 in 102 plate appearances. He was released by the M's in 1990, signed by the Tigers and sent to Jalisco in the Mexican League. He excelled in Mexico, winning the batting title in '91 and was named the league's most valuable player in a season that included a steak of seven straight games with a homer.
After another season in the Mexican League, he returned to the majors getting signed by the Florida Marlins in their inaugural season. He played 103 games, hitting .255/.314/.327 with two homers and 30 RBI in 263 at-bats while playing second and third. Renteria only appeared 28 games the next season and was released by the Marlins at the end of the 1994 season.
Renteria recorded the first pinch-hit in Florida Marlins history on April 14, 1993, a RBI single off Dave Righetti. It wouldn't be his only "first" with the Marlins as he became the first former player to manage with the franchise when his was named skipper of the Brevard County Manatees in 1998. He earned Midwest League Manager of the Year honors at Kane County (now a Cubs affiliate) in 1999, leading the Cougars to the playoffs with a 78-59 record.
"The Cougars organization is extremely happy for Rick with today's announcement on his new managerial position with the Cubs," Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug said. "As a Cubs farm team, the Cougars now have a great connection in that a former manager at Kane County will be managing our parent club and will one day be working with many former Cougars at the big league level."
Renteria was promoted to AA and spent two seasons leading Portland in the Eastern League before a change in ownership in Florida ended his run as a possible manger for the Marlins.
He started his career for the Padres in 2003 as a coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League and spent the next three seasons as their manager (212-206). He managed Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, and Evan Meek in 2006 for the Storm. The 2006 team lost in the California League division finals, and 15 players on the squad eventually reached the majors. Renteria spent 2007 as the Padres AAA manager in Portland and was named San Diego's first base coach in December of 2007.
He spent eight years managing in the minors, compiling a 539-583 record, with five winning season.
According to reports, he also interviewed for the Detroit and Seattle managerial openings. The Cubs also interviewed Manny Acta, Dave Martinez, A.J. Hinch and Brad Ausmus for the position.