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Ryne Sandberg will not be returning to Cubs next season

Nov 3, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

Ryne Sandberg

When Lou Piniella stepped down from his post as Cubs manager earlier this year, there was an assumption that Triple-A Iowa skipper and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg would take over to start the 2011 season.  Then Mike Quade stepped in, led the Cubbies to a 24-13 down the stretch and was awarded the full-time position last week.

The Cubs asked Sandberg to return to his post at Iowa, but he felt snubbed when they went with Quade and he is now planning to move on after four years as a coach within the organization.  This according to ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine.

“There’s no good-bye. He’s a Cub. He’ll be a Cub for life,” Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said Wednesday on “The Afternoon Saloon” on ESPN 1000, confirming the report. “If he would like to explore some options with other teams to pursue some other opportunities that doesn’t really change anything with respect to what he has accomplished for the team or what he means to the team … He’s a Cub forever.”

Quade patched the final holes for his 2011 coaching staff this week with the hiring of Pat Listach as bench coach and Dave Keller as a major league staff assistant.  Pitching coach Larry Rothschild, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, bullpen coach Lester Strode, third base coach Ivan DeJesus and first base coach Bob Dernier will return from Piniella’s staff.

  1. willmose - Nov 3, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    A Cub forever. OMG, even dying doesn’t remove his Cubness.

  2. redforkhippie - Nov 4, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    I’d like to hear what Ryno has to say about Hendry’s assertion that he is a “Cub forever.” This isn’t the first time a lousy GM has run him out of the organization, but I’ve got an ugly feeling it will be the last.

  3. paperlions - Nov 4, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Sandberg has a sense of entitlement in this case. While he has managed in the minors more than most star players would, he hasn’t spent much time there at all compared to most managers. He still has very little experience, and it is not surprising that he wasn’t the most qualified man for the job. Being a great 2B during your playing career isn’t a qualification. If he stayed in Iowa, the next time the Cubs job is available, it almost assuredly would be his. If he goes to another organization, being Ryne Sandberg won’t matter at all.

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