Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria made news this winter, although it had less to do with the hot stove than it did with the kitchen stove. He recently visited Chicago's Benito Juarez Community Academy to speak with students enrolled in the culinary program, discussing a passion for cooking that was handed down from his mother.
The dish Renteria prepared as the students watched and listened was a favorite Mexican entree, queso fundido. Overall it took him less than an hour to prepare and serve the dish, but as a first year manager he will probably need a lot more time to prepare the Pale Hose squad for the 2017 season.
Now that we know Renteria is comfortable at the stove, here is a roster of players whose names would make them a perfect fit for a kitchen-themed team.
First Base: Dusty Baker
Primarily an outfielder, the veteran player and manager did log nearly a hundred games at the first corner of the infield.
Second Base: Cookie Rojas
A veteran who spent nearly twenty years in the Majors with the Royals and the Phillies, Rojas also made an All-Star team.
Shortstop: Travis Fryman
He supplied most of his power while manning the hit corner in Detroit, where he also filled in at shortstop during his twelve year big league career.
Third Base: Pie Traynor
The Hall of Fame Pirate spent his entire career with Pittsburgh, where he accumulated some of the best offensive statistics of his era.
Left Field: Chili Davis
Minnesota won the World Series with Davis as their designated hitter, but before that he was a worthy defender for the San Francisco Giants.
Center Field: Bake McBride
Along with Garry Maddox and Gary Matthews, McBride formed the daunting outfield trio that helped the Phillies reach the post season several times before finally winning a pennant in 1980.
Right Field: Ruben Sierra
Birth a runner up for Rookie of the Year and later for Most Valuable Player, the switch-hitter had both speed and power along with a reputation for driving in runs.
Catcher: Smoky Burgess
He was more well-known for his ability to pinch hit, but he did log plenty of hours as a backstop in Pittsburgh.
Starting Pitcher: Dennis Cook
The left hander started sixty games for the Phillies and Indians before becoming a valuable reliever for eight different clubs in a long career.
Starting Pitcher: John Butcher
Instead of slicing meat, this hurler was the right handed ace of the Minnesota Twins in 1984 and 1985.
Relief Pitcher: Glenn Dishman
Through 1995-97, the left hander served on the bullpen staffs of San Diego, Philadelphia, and Toronto.