Add Rick Renteria to the same list which already contains Lloyd McClendon, Tim Wallach and Brad Ausmus. The Detroit Tigers have confirmed Renteria met with the team today, becoming the fourth candidate to be interviewed in their search for a new manager.
Renteria has served in the San Diego Padres' organization in various capacities since 2003, moving up to the big club as first base coach in 2008. Renteria was named Padres bench coach in 2011.
Renteria's experience includes managing for Dave Dombrowski in the Marlins' system from 1998 to 2001, along with skippering the Padres' Single-A (2004-2006) and Triple-A affiliates (2007). Renteria increased his visibility this past spring by managing Mexico's national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The 51-year-old baseball lifer played 184 major league games over five seasons as a utility man, which included a ten game cup of coffee with Jim Leyland's Pirates in his 1986 rookie year. He wrapped up his brief career playing for the Marlins in 1993-94, which happens to be Dombrowski's first two seasons as GM of the franchise.
Renteria has also interviewed for the Cubs' open manager position, and is reported to be the frontrunner. Torey Lovullo, bench coach for the World Series winning Red Sox, is still believed to be on the Tigers' managerial radar, as well as the Cubs'.
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