The last two White Sox managers to get off to a better 22-game start than Rick Renteria went on to do great things.
Since the dawn of the “Go Go Era” (1951) only Al Lopez and Ozzie Guillen have posted better 22-game records at the outset of tbeir Sox managerial career than Renteria.
Guillen and Lopez, of course, are the last two managers to take the Sox to the World Series.
The Sox and Renteria are 13-9 heading into today’s game in Detroit.
Guillen started 14-8 for the 2004 Sox. In 1957, Lopez, a Hall of Famer, began 15-7.
At 17-5 in 1903, James “Nixey” Callahan owns the best start to a Sox managerial career.
Next are Kid Gleason (1918) and Fielder Jones (1904) at 16-6.
Clark Griffith (1901) joins Lopez as the lone Sox skippers to start 15-7 while Guillen is the only manager in team annals to begin 14-8.
Among those, like Renteria, who have started 13-9 are Jim Fregosi in 1986, Eddie Stanky in 1966 and Bob Lemon in 1977.
The worst 22-game start in a Sox managerial career is 6-16 by Chuck Tanner in 1970 and 1971 and Lew Fonseca in 1932.