Cubs new manager will connect quickly
February, 4, 2014
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty ImagesRick Renteria, a former bench coach of the Padres, was named Cubs manager in November.Rick Renteria dreams in two languages: Spanish and English. This is not unusual for folks who know more than one language. But when he speaks in his sleep loud enough to wake up his wife, there's one common denominator. He's talking about baseball.
Renteria is the new manager of the Chicago Cubs, bearing a reputation for having a personality that pushes players. "His personality is a big driver," said Josh Byrnes, general manager of the San Diego Padres, for whom Renteria worked as a coach before being hired by Chicago. "He's definitely got an infectious personality."
But Renteria's ability to speak two languages fluently has been viewed by potential employers as a major attribute, and he is thought to be especially good at connecting with young players, partly because of his understanding of language.
"The best managers connect to all players," Byrnes said.