11/8 Renteria greets fans

Cubs season ticket holders got a sneak peek at new manager Rick Renteria on Friday. At a presentation in downtown Chicago, an enthusiastic Renteria talked about how excited he was to take over the team.

“I feel we can win with young players,” Renteria said in the video, “because quite frankly the difference between an experienced Major League baseball club with veteran players is simply that [veterans] have the confidence level that’s been born over time and experience. I think what we’re trying to do is advance that confidence level as quickly as we can.”

Theo Epstein said one of the reasons Dale Sveum was dismissed as manager after the season is because the Cubs did not have that environment to develop young players.

“Frankly, that’s an area that I haven’t done a great job at, providing a Major League environment that’s supportive and allows our young players to continue to develop,” Epstein said. “That was really one of the major reasons for the managerial change, and one of the most important things we were looking for in a new manager. We wanted a new manager who had leadership experience and leadership traits. We wanted a new manager who had already impacted players positively at the Major League level, and impacted the Major League team.”

— Carrie Muskat


So….none of those qualities were Dale Sveum’s and it took two years to figure that out? Good. At least Epstein DID figure it out, fessed up to his mistake and took aggressive action by firing Sveum and his lack of qualities. The ones mentioned: leadership and ability to impact the ML team can go unnoticed by us fans but I’m glad he’s gone because he also lacked managerial skills and that WAS noticeable, all one had to do was watch most of the games…. Still, one must cross one’s fingers that Epstein chose a better manager (if not the RIGHT manager) that will endure, lead and MANAGE.

A good read: “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale! Renteria’s show of enthusiasm and expectations for an immediate improvement will certainly “light a fire” under our guys to begin “doing it right”!

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