The Chicago Cubs announced Rick Renteria as their new manager today, making him the second former Kane County Cougars skipper to take the helm of a major-league team.
Renteria managed the Cougars in 1999, leading them to a 78-59 record in the regular season and the second round of the Midwest League playoffs. (They were knocked out of the postseason by the eventual MWL champs, a Burlington Bees team that included future Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle.) He was named Midwest League Manager of the Year.
The other former Cougars skipper to helm a big-league club is Carlos Tosca, who managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 2002 to 2004. He managed the Cougars in 1993, leading them to a 75-62 record. That team included catcher Mike Redmond, who currently manages the Miami Marlins, and shortstop Edgar Renteria, who was 16 years old at the start of the season.
Ex-Dragons manager returning to Madison
The Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League recently announced that former Dayton Dragons manager Donnie Scott will return for a second season as the team’s skipper. Scott managed the Dragons during five seasons (2001-03, 2007-08), leading them to the playoffs four times. Earlier this year his Mallards team won the Summer Collegiate World Series Championship.