GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Presidents Day comes this year only a few days after White Sox position players reported to Camelback Ranch for their first full squad workout of Spring Training. And it's Rick Renteria, the man in charge of the White Sox day-to-day activities, who is providing this short state of the team to coincide with this holiday.
Renteria managed the Cubs in 2014, where he presided over their ongoing rebuild, and he now takes over on the South Side in the early stages of the same sort of rebuild. The White Sox don't have a president among their front office hierarchy, so it's Renteria's task to put forth three main messages via MLB.com concerning the White Sox going into the 2017 season. Here is what Renteria had to say.
"You can certainly look forward to our club coming out with a commitment to give you a tremendous effort. Hustle, and be prepared to go out there and execute and play the game the way we hope fans and both the game require us to play. I hope we are able to back up our words.
"I think that the young players moving forward are important. They are the future. The organization has committed to the future. That's why a lot of the changes have occurred. We all are hoping to be patient when we need to and let them go when we have to. I think those things will take care of themselves. Players many times dictate how fast or slowly they move forward, and hopefully we can be a part of that. Hopefully we are just here to help them be the best they can be as soon as possible.
"In terms of success [for 2017], you know it would be foolish of me to give you an outcome number. I just know that we are focused right now on making sure that these guys are going to be prepared to execute the game the way it is supposed to be done and see where that ends up, allowing what the numbers will be at the end of the day.
"A lot of the ability of a club to overcome anything has to do with how quickly they come together; their personalities, albeit different, can still mesh. I think myself and the coaching staff and everyone that has been working here since we started a few days ago is kind of on the same page. We're all thinking of doing the same thing. We're trying to have the best communication we possibly could have. We're going to try to motivate, we're going to try to inspire, we're going to try to do everything we can to make sure that these guys move forward as quickly as they possibly can. And understand that there's going to be some hiccups along the way, but I think we have the ability to understand those hiccups and deal with them, and then learn from them and move forward."