CHICAGO -- Rick Renteria admitted after Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field he's often viewed as an even-keel sort of personality as the White Sox manager.But that upbeat demeanor disappeared in the sixth inning when Tim Anderson did not move out of the batter's box on
CHICAGO -- Rick Renteria admitted after Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field he's often viewed as an even-keel sort of personality as the White Sox manager.
But that upbeat demeanor disappeared in the sixth inning when Tim Anderson did not move out of the batter's box on a line drive to third baseman Rosell Herrera ruled a no-catch with runners on first and second and two outs, resulting in Anderson being thrown out. Renteria pounded his fists twice on a dugout bench, walked from one end to the other in irate fashion and eventually made his way into the clubhouse.
Renteria pulled Anderson from the game in the top of the seventh, moving Leury Garcia to shortstop and Nicky Delmonico to left field. He then explained his decision and reaction after the team dropped to a season-low 32 games under .500.
"He didn't try to do it that way. He hit what he thought was a line drive at the defender. He thought he genuinely saw the defender catch the ball," Renteria said. "As much as we all want to take it all into account, you never assume the out.
"I've been talking about it since I got here. So like we tell these guys, don't assume anything. Just go until they ultimately make the call.
"We'll let the opposing team make the review call," Renteria said. "It didn't look very good to have him standing at the plate and having the ball going around the diamond. It's as simple as that and he understands it. He knows it. We've talked about it."
In fairness to Anderson, who has always been a hard-nosed, all-hustle player, the ball clearly looked to be caught by Herrera but third-base umpire Lance Barksdale ruled the other way. Herrera threw to Whit Merrifield covering second, but Omar Narvaez beat the throw and the attempted force. The White Sox would have had the bases loaded and two outs for Garcia.
Anderson saw the ball caught from his vantage point, but admitted it was a weird play. When asked if he was surprised Renteria removed him, Anderson said, "Yeah, I was surprised." He then shared what Renteria shared with him.
"It can't happen. It doesn't look good," Anderson said. "He's the manager. It's his call on the players. I have to respect his decision. Come tomorrow and be ready to play.
"I never thought I should have [run] because if I did I would have run. Yeah, I saw him throw to second and I saw it go to first. I thought he caught it. I didn't see the umpire signal safe but I'll learn from it, keep on going."
Veteran players such as Welington Castillo and Avisail Garcia have been pulled by Renteria for not hustling, and he's made the move in Spring Training and during the regular season. Renteria also indicated the situation was over and done, with Anderson returning to the lineup Wednesday.
"That's not indicative of Timmy. It isn't," Renteria said. "But there are moments when the manager has to take control of a particular situation. That was mine. And so when you see me get upset like that it's because it's something that we preach and talk about all the time.
"If we're going to win and move forward as a championship organization, we need fighters. And Timmy's a fighter. He had a lapse in that particular instance because he recognized something that he thought was clearly an out. But we know how we're supposed to go about it and we're going to continue to do it ,and it's not going to change."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.