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Phillies hire Ryne Sandberg to manage at Triple-A

Nov 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

Ryne Sandberg

Three decades after regrettably trading a 21-year-old Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs the Phillies have hired the Hall of Famer to manage their Triple-A team.

Sandberg managed at Triple-A for the Cubs this season, but left the organization after finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the team’s manager search and talked about wanting to land a big-league job instead of remaining in the minors any longer.

So, either Sandberg had a change of heart or the big-league coaching opportunities weren’t very plentiful.

Whatever the case, he’s back with the organization that drafted him way back in 1978 and Cubs fans are left wondering why Sandberg couldn’t have just stayed in Iowa if he was willing to continue managing at Triple-A.

Adding another layer of intrigue to the Cubs-to-Phillies move is that the man Sandberg was traded for, Ivan DeJesus, is now the third base coach on Quade’s staff in Chicago.

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    “Cubs fans are left wondering why Sandberg couldn’t have just stayed in Iowa if he was willing to continue managing at Triple-A.”

    I’d say he was jerked around enough by the Cubs and flipped them the bird. But that’s just a guess.. He’s probably trying out to fill in for Charlie when he retires after he’s done chasing down the retirement age of one Cornelius McGillicuddy Sr…..

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM

      So what was the retirement age of the GREAT McGILLICUDDY?

      • willmose - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

        87

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM

        87. Surely you know of the Great McGillicuddy??? He owns some managing records Wins, losses, games…

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM

      Jerked around? He kept moving up the managing chain, and I don’t remember any promise made to him where he was told he’s definitely manage the 2011 Cubs, so I think he left because he didn’t get what he wanted when he wanted it, and I don’t miss him at all.

  2. Panda Claus - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    The Cubs fumbled around and dropped the proverbial Sandberg ball here. The Phillies jumped in and picked him up like they found a $20 bill on the sidewalk.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM

      Like the Phightins would let the Original Ryno slip away again.

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