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Ryne Sandberg managed his Triple-A team to the playoffs

Sep 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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Ryne Sandberg was the Pacific Coast League manager of the year in 2010, but left the Cubs organization after being passed over for the big-league managerial opening and spent this season managing at Triple-A for the Phillies.

Prior to Sandberg’s arrival Lehigh Valley had never finished above .500 since coming into existence in 2008, but he managed the IronPigs into the International League playoffs.

Sandberg’s previous success managing in the minors didn’t help him much when it came to landing a prominent spot on a major-league coaching staff, but at some point you’d think the Hall of Famer would get an opportunity. And with the Cubs firing general manager Jim Hendry and perhaps firing Mike Quade after the season Sandberg will probably be linked to that job again.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    After the Phillies win the next 2 World Series, Uncle Cholly will hang em up and Ryno will be the manager of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies.

    • Clinton Manitoba - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      How much are you selling those chickens?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 6, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        Well, Clinton, the way I look at it, as I said previously, everybody is worried about the Tigers because they have “Verlander”. Well, for the next 2 playoff runs, the Phillies will have 3 Verlanders. How do they lose in either 2011 or 2012? Every time I watch Lee or Halladay throw zeroes up there, I get more and more confident.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Probably true… man if that happens great for him, but I’m hoping Ryno will get to be Charlie Manual’s successor.

  3. Clinton Manitoba - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    I saw Sandberg manage the Smokie’s a couple years ago. In the bottom of the 10th or 11th he took over being 3rd base coach. When the runner at 2nd was singled in, Sandberg was running right by his guy all the way home.

  4. diehardcubbiefan4life - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Baby come back…

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