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Ryne Sandberg is welcome to continue managing the Iowa Cubs. This is news to Ryne Sandberg.

Oct 20, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

Ryne Sandberg

Cubs GM Jim Hendry told David Kaplan of Chicago Now that Ryne Sandberg is welcome to return to the organization as the manager at Class AAA Iowa. Ryne Sandberg tells David Kaplan of Chicago Now that this is the first he’s ever heard of this.


Of course, since he’s been stepped over, Fredo-style, this is all academic, because there’s no way Sandberg is going back to Iowa. But it is rather fun. And by “fun” I mean “the kind of thing that is going to be cited over and over by people with the long knives out for Jim Hendry if an and when Mike Quade fails to return the Cubs to competitiveness.”

While we’re on the subject, my friend Scott Simkus has an interesting take on Ryne Sandberg’s failure to snag the Cubs job and how it compares to another similarly situated Hall of Famer.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Hendry should have been axed purely for trusting in Milton Bradley a couple years ago, signing Soriano for such a long-term deal as he left his prime, paying Fukodome so much & trusting in The Hobbits for so long (Theriot and Fontenot). Screw that, he should have been axed just for my first reason above.

  2. paperlions - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Quade didn’t “step over” Sandberg. Quade was a minor league manager for 17 years including 5-6 yrs in Iowa. It would have been Sandberg that was stepping over Quade if he was handed a job based on his popularity of a player instead of his resume as a coach.

  3. mcsnide - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    It ain’t the way Ryno wanted it! He can handle things! He’s smart!

  4. anythingbutyanks - Oct 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    The main difference between Ryno and the Babe is that Ryno did his time in the minors as requested, did an excellent job at it, and then got passed over anyway. The Dodgers passed over the Babe and he was out of the game just like that. The Cubs passed over Ryno and now they will almost certainly have to face him, because he is looking to be a relative hot commodity on the coaching circuit this coming winter. As a Cubs lifer, I think this is the worst Cubs decision at any level since the 2003 NLCS, when Wood and Prior were extended way too far after being severely overused during the season.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 20, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    For the 389743847538957348956353th time, Hendry has done what those above him told him to do when the team was for sale. Soriano was demanded, Fukudome was a reasonable gamble and Hendry has gotten the team more competitive than it has been in eons so let’s let him off the hook, okay? I love the guy.

    ANYWHO, Ryne got ‘passed over’ by someone with 3 times the experience, who won the players over immediately (and that’s a huge factor because you can be all the genius you want – if the players don’t listen to you, you’re cooked), and though Ryne did a great job managing Peoria and Iowa, and knows a lot of young guys on this team, Quade stepped up in a way the Cubs needed him to, and with his experience, professionalism and discipline, he’s the guy to give this a shot to.

    I think the Cubs had 2 great options, and went with one of them. And when Ryne stops being so pissy about it, maybe he can just simply thank the Cubs for all of the years they were dedicated to him and move on with his life if he has to.

  6. BC - Oct 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Ted Williams got a job with the Senators. Didn’t like the job and didn’t do very well, and that was that.
    I really can’t quite believe, however, that the Cubs are treating Sandberg this way, and handling the situation this poorly. I can’t imagine, for instance, the Royals treating George Brett this way.

    • mcsnide - Oct 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM

      I agree. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to manage the Royals.

      • BC - Oct 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM

        That’s why he skipped right by it to Team President or Grand Poobah or whatever his title is.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 20, 2010 at 4:06 PM

        Every situation is different. I think Quade deserves it more, and it’s not long his contract is as long as friggin Mike Scoscia. He’d have another chance quite soon. Right now, Quade produced, got the players’ respect, and deserves a shot as well. There are plenty of jobs Ryne can fill other than field manager, and unless he got some sort of guarantee behind closed doors, I don’t think he should have been banking on it right now to the point where he’s this angry.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM

        ‘It’s not if his contract is as long’*

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