White Sox hire ex-Cubs manager Renteria as bench coach

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Rick Renteria. (WGN-TV file)

CHICAGO β€” The Chicago White Sox have hired former Cubs manager Rick Renteria as their bench coach.

Renteria managed the young Cubs to 73 wins in 2014. The North Siders were planning to bring him back for a second season before Joe Maddon became available.

The Cubs went on to win 97 games and reach the NL Championship Series with Maddon, slugger Anthony Rizzo, rookies Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, and ace Jake Arrieta leading the way.

Renteria, who replaces Mark Parent, joins a 76-win team. He is expected to work with young position players in Carlos Sanchez, Micah Johnson, Tyler Saladino, Avisail Garcia and Trayce Thompson.

The White Sox also hired Greg Sparks as the assistant hitting coach Tuesday. He spent the past 19 seasons with the Oakland organization.