Renteria: No ill will toward Cubs for awkward firing

CHICAGO (AP) — New Chicago White Sox bench coach Rick Renteria insists he has no ill will toward the Cubs for his awkward firing as their manager last fall.

Renteria acknowledged he had “the wind blown out” of him when the Cubs fired him to clear the way for Joe Maddon. But he also said there never were any hard feelings.

Renteria had stayed quiet about his dismissal because he wanted the focus to remain on the progress the Cubs made during his lone season managing them in 2014. But Wednesday’s introductory conference call for the White Sox largely focused on that situation.

The Cubs were planning to bring back Renteria for a second season after he led a young team to 73 wins. That changed once Maddon became available.