Peavy: Cubs candidate Rick Renteria can handle media spotlight
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 22, 2013 10:29PM
Updated: November 2, 2013 12:55AM
BOSTON — Jake Peavy knows Chicago, has a grasp for media and understands the importance of a manager’s role in dealing with it in a major market.
Rick Renteria is the bench coach in sunny, pleasant, small-market San Diego, but that isn’t stopping Peavy from endorsing Renteria for the vacant Cubs manager’s job.
“Chicago can be a tough town media-wise, on either side of town,’’ Peavy said. “Me knowing Rick, he’s a professional and he’ll handle that. He’s very truthful and honest.’’
Peavy and Renteria were together for 11/2 seasons with the Padres.
“Rick Renteria will make an outstanding manager whether he gets the Cubs job or not,’’ Peavy said Tuesday. “Ricky is a great teacher of the game and a great relationship guy who communicates well. The job Bud Black and he have done in San Diego with the talent and names they’ve had, it speaks volumes about them.’’
The Padres traded Peavy to the White Sox in 2009, so Peavy was around for a good portion of Ozzie Guillen’s tempestuous tenure as manager. Guillen kept his players on edge by prodding them through the media, but too often public exchanges between Guillen, the front office, coaches and players became a detriment, Peavy suggested.
“At the end of the day it’s huge in Chicago for a manager to have control of his team,’’ Peavy said. “And for the people in the clubhouse to pick up a paper and wonder whether that was said . . . It’s important to be a tight knit unit and not let anything anybody says outside of that get to you. In big markets, there will be good stuff said and bad stuff [reported]. If that stuff affects your team and divides guys or coaches against guys it’s going to create problems as we’ve seen in Chicago in the past. I know that won’t happen with Rick, he’ll bring unity. I know those 25 guys in the clubhouse would know Rick is with them.’’
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Peavy will pitch this weekend in St. Louis, which likely means Game 4. His head is still spinning after going from the White Sox to the Red Sox at the trade deadline.
“This year has been night and day,’’ he said. “It’s so unfortunate the way things played out in Chicago. Sometimes there is no reason. Sometimes things just don’t work out. We could never turn things around when they went in the wrong direction, not for lack of effort from everybody in the front office to the last man on the roster.
“To go from that to a situation where everything is going right and you can’t make a wrong move is crazy. To experience both sides of the spectrum. I owe Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn for making this experience possible.’’