Rick Renteria

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Rick Renteria
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Rick Renteria in Philadelphia, September 11, 2013
Infielder / Manager
Born: (1961-12-25) December 25, 1961 (age 53)
Harbor City, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1994 for the Florida Marlins
Career statistics
Batting average .237
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 41
Games managed 162
Win–loss record 73-89
Winning % .451
Teams

 As a manager:

Richard Avina Renteria (born December 25, 1961) is an American former Major League Baseball infielder, coach and manager. Renteria played in parts of five seasons between 1986 and 1994 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Florida Marlins. He then coached and managed in the Marlins organization until 2001, and in the San Diego Padres organization until 2013. He was the manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2014.

Playing career[edit]

After playing for South Gate High School in South Gate, California, Renteria was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 20th overall pick in the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut for the Pirates on September 14, 1986. That December he was traded to the Seattle Mariners, and played for them for the 1987 and 1988 seasons.[1] Renteria spent 1989 playing for the Mariners Minor League Baseball affiliate the Calgary Cannons, and the 1990 and 1991 seasons with the Mexican League's Jalisco Charros.[2]

For 1993 and 1994, he returned to the majors, playing for the Florida Marlins. While with the Marlins, he was nicknamed "The Secret Weapon" for his versatility on the field and his timely pinch hitting.[3] In his five Major League seasons, he played in 184 games and had 422 at bats and a .237 batting average.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Renteria has remained in baseball. His first minor league managerial job was in 1998 with the Brevard County Manatees in the Marlins organization. He continued to manage in the Marlins system until 2001. In 2003, he was named the hitting coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm in the Padres organization, and in 2004 he became the Storm's manager. After three seasons with the Storm, in 2007 he was moved up to the Triple-A Portland Beavers. He was promoted to a major league coaching job in 2008.

Renteria moved to being the Padres bench coach for 2011. He also managed the Mexico national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. On November 7, 2013, Renteria was hired as the manager of the Chicago Cubs.[4] After one season on the job, he was fired on October 31, 2014, one week after his Cubs successor Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[5]

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