Cubs' Renteria: 'If I bite, I want to make it count'

Cubs' Renteria: 'If I bite, I want to make it count'
January 17, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Rick Renteria's demeanor is a big part of the reason the Cubs hired him to be the new face of the franchise.

As the organization continues along their rebuilding path (a phrase Jeff Samardzija hates), the big-league squad doesn't figure to be a World Series contender again in 2014, even if the front office can make a splash and sign Masahiro Tanaka.

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So while the fanbase grows weary of the losing and becomes more and more impatient, Renteria will be called upon to present a calm, collected front in the media, just as he's expected to do in the clubhouse.

Since he was hired in November, Renteria has emphasized his stance that he's not the type of manager to be seen screaming and hollering at his players, something he reiterated once again to CSN's David Kaplan at the Cubs Convention Friday.

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"A dog can bark all it wants. Pretty soon, everybody gets annoyed at the dog," Renteria said. "If I bite and it's only once, I want to make it count. That's how I kind of look at things."

Kaplan asked Renteria specifically about Starlin Castro, who has had some issues with focus over his four seasons in Chicago.

"If you're a major-league player, it shouldn't take a whole lot to motivate you," Renteria said.

Check out the first part of Kaplan's interview with Renteria above, and click here for Part 2 and Part 3.