The Chicago Cubs' search for a new manager ended Thursday with the appointment of Rick Renteria, until now the bench coach of the San Diego Padres.

With three decades in professional baseball, the 51-year-old Renteria has never managed a Major League squad.

Renteria succeeds Dale Sveum, who compiled a record of 127-197 in two years with the club, which in 2013 finished last in the National League Central Division for the first time in seven years.

Cubs President Theo Epstein, who hired Sveum, decided that Renteria was the right man to continue the retooling of a team that last won the World Series 105 years ago.

The new manager signed a three-year contract.

Renteria was hired by the Cubs after interviewing with the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners.

He played in the Major Leagues with Seattle, the Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent eight years as a manager in the minor leagues.

Renteria managed Mexico's team in the World Baseball Classic in March. EFE