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Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage at Triple-A … for the Phillies

Nov 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

Ryne Sandberg

After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ manager search Ryne Sandberg reportedly turned down Chicago’s offer to remain the manager at Triple-A and talked about wanting to find a big-league job instead.

All of which is why it’s surprising to see Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Sandberg “is among the candidates for the Phillies’ managerial vacancy at Triple-A.”

Brookover notes that the Phillies also have an opening on their big-league coaching staff following the departure of first base coach Davey Lopes, but as Craig wrote this morning that job seems likely to go to Juan Samuel or Mariano Duncan.

Sandberg spent 15 seasons in Chicago and went into the Hall of Fame wearing a Cubs hat, but actually began his career with the Phillies. Philadelphia selected him in the 20th round of the 1978 draft before trading him and Larry Bowa to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus in January of 1982.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 9, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    I find it amusing that Sandberg’s name hasn’t come up anywhere outside of Chicago.

    If the dude really has the makings of a big league manager shouldn’t the Mets (who appear more focused on landing big names in every role other than “active player”) be super interested?!

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Sandberg’s being a tool. He’s being the kid who’s whining about the toy he didn’t get, and as a devout Cub fan, I don’t miss him at all for how hard-headed and childish he’s being.

    • tomemos - Nov 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM

      Where is he whining? It’s not in this article, so did I miss something? It’s certainly not uncommon for someone who doesn’t get an expected promotion to change employers.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

        His anger and quick reaction to jump ship makes me question his character. He didn’t get what he wanted when he wanted it, so he left the organization he’s had a relationship with for 28 years.

  3. tomemos - Nov 9, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Matt Stairs, the flip side to that is that he had a relationship with them for 28 years and got passed over. I think the Cubs are completely within their rights to hire a different manager–they’re trying to win ballgames, not honor their old-timers–but I don’t think it reflects that poorly on him that he got angry. And I certainly don’t think it reflects poorly on him to switch employers–you’d have to be a saint to just trudge back to Iowa after having being given the expectation you’d be managing in Wrigley. Seems like a change was best for everyone.

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