It should be unsurprising that the reactions to the unsurprising Rick Renteria hiring are unsurprisingly unsurprised. The best bits are going to come from Renteria, himself, and the Cubs’ front office. That’s all yet to come. Still, it’s interesting to peruse the early reactions …
- Multiple reports have Renteria getting a three-year deal from the Cubs (fairly standard), plus two club option years at the end. No word on the money, though I wouldn’t necessarily expect him to be a top-paid manager given that he’s not a “name,” and he did not get competing offers.
- Carrie Muskat offers a take and got some quotes from long-time Padres catcher Nick Hundley, who is sad to lose Renteria, and says the Cubs are getting a good one.
- Word out of San Diego is that Renteria’s departure is indeed felt as a loss, which tends to be the best compliment.
- Bruce Miles writes about the length of the managerial search, and why it only seems like it was a long process. The search was exhaustive, and there was no reason not to take as much time as reasonably possible to get it right.
- CSN’s Tony Andracki collects bits and background on Renteria.
- Phil Rogers pegs turning Starlin Castro around as Renteria’s biggest task.
- Jon Greenberg offers a sardonic take on the hiring, almost chiding the Cubs for grabbing another placeholder manager. Indeed, the article is less about the hiring than it is about rehashing the travails of the immediate past and future. That said, Greenberg compliments the rebuilding process, calling it a wise “sausage-making” endeavor.
- And Keith Law won the joking contest with a sublime crack:
Can't wait till Renteria tells some lazy Cubs player to take BP and the player says, "I don't practice, Renteria."
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) November 7, 2013