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Richard Avina Renteria

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Infielder Rich Renteria was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft. Rich was an all-star player in the minors, leading the Carolina League in batting (.331, .11 ahead of runner-up Juan Samuel), hits (168) and RBI (100) in 1982. He was the Carolina League All-Star DH that season. After cups of coffee in the majors with the Pirates and Seattle Mariners, he played third base for the Charros de Jalisco of the Mexican League in 1991 and 1992. In his first year with the club, he hit .442 to win the league's batting title and set a record by hitting home runs in seven straight games. He returned to the majors in 1993 with the expansion Florida Marlins and got the first pinch hit in Marlins history on April 14th of that year.

Since his playing career ended, he has coached and managed in the Marlins and San Diego Padres farm systems. On November 7, 2013, he was hired to manage the Chicago Cubs in 2014. He became a part of history in his first game at the helm on March 31st, when he was the first manager to challenge an umpire's decision under the expanded video review rule. He argued that baserunner Jeff Samardzija was safe at first base in spite of umpire Bob Davidson's ruling, but video evidence proved him wrong. He set another first when he was the first manager to be ejected from a game in 2014, getting the heave-ho from home plate umpire Jeff Nelson on April 8th for arguing balls and strikes.

His son, Anthony Renteria, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 32th round of the 2007 amateur draft and the 39th round of the 2012 amateur draft.


Preceded by
Dale Sveum
Chicago Cubs Manager
2014-
Succeeded by
current

[edit] Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1998 Brevard County Manatees Florida State League 43-97 14th Florida Marlins
1999 Kane County Cougars Midwest League 78-59 1st Florida Marlins Lost in 2nd round
2000 Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League 71-70 8th Florida Marlins
2001 Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League 77-65 4th (t) Florida Marlins
2004 Lake Elsinore Storm California League 68-72 7th San Diego Padres
2005 Lake Elsinore Storm California League 70-68 6th San Diego Padres Lost League Finals
2006 Lake Elsinore Storm California League 74-66 3rd San Diego Padres Lost in 2nd round
2007 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 58-86 15th San Diego Padres
2014 Chicago Cubs National League Chicago Cubs

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