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Could the Cubs and Red Sox also clash over Ryne Sandberg?

Oct 15, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

Ryne Sandberg AP

Negotiations between the Cubs and Red Sox regarding compensation for Theo Epstein are getting pretty complicated, but it’s possible they could clash again later this offseason.

Ken Rosenthal of paints a scenario where the clubs could compete for managerial candidates, naming Hall of Famer and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg in particular.

Epstein attempted to hire Sandberg to manage Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket before he joined the Phillies’ organization last year and now that Jim Hendry is no longer with the Cubs’ organization, he would be a natural and popular choice to replace Mike Quade as skipper. It sounds far-fetched that he would choose the Red Sox over the Cubs if given the opportunity, but Rosenthal notes that Boston is likely to have interest, as new GM Ben Cherington was also involved in the pursuit of Sandberg last year.

This could all be rendered moot if Epstein or Cherington decides to go with a candidate with previous managerial experience in the major leagues, but it’s a fun scenario to think about on a quiet Saturday afternoon.

  1. Kyle - Oct 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Why not? Let’s make this as ridiculous as possible.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Moot point. Sandberg will be the Phillies bench coach this year and take over for Charlie when his contract expires, has enough of the team, or keels over in the dugout.

    • Alex K - Oct 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      If he’s offered an opportunity to manage a MLB team this year I don’t think he’ll stay in Philly.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

        Yeah, you are right….not an opportunity one would turn down. Wishful thinking on my part.

  3. bigleagues - Oct 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    In other words, Ken Rosenthal, there is nothing to see here folks, but I’ll bring it up anyway because I’ve got nothing else to say.

  4. Old Gator - Oct 15, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    I find it hard to believe that Sandberg, after watching this pathetic spectacle in Beanbag Town, would even consider working for a bunch of coprophagiacs like Lucchino and Henry.

    • goawaydog - Oct 15, 2011 at 6:31 PM

      And on that point bob brenly siad after watching the cubs all season from the booth that it didnt make him want to coach again

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      Definition please? Is it of Greek origin? Are you sure that the word can be found on google? I do not have a Funk and Wagnalls.

      • bigleagues - Oct 15, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        I don’t agree with his statement, but I have to admit that Old Gator taught a new word today . . . and a great one at that – one that I’ll most certainly be putting to use.

        PC: I think he meant to write “coprophilliacs”

        : marked interest in excrement; especially : the use of feces or filth for sexual excitement
        — cop·ro·phil·i·ac noun

        Origin of COPROPHILIA
        New Latin
        First Known Use: 1923

        – Courtesy of Merriam-Webster

        And here I thought that South Park had always had it right . . .

      • jwbiii - Oct 16, 2011 at 2:34 AM

        Close, BL.The word ‘philia’ means to love, to interest, or to enjoy. The word ‘phage’ means to eat.

      • jimbo1949 - Oct 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM

        Might explain their smiling faces.

  5. mplsjoe - Oct 15, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Would Sandberg want the Cubs’ job at this point? He was POed when he didn’t get the manager job last off-season. Sure, Hendry is gone. But I wouldn’t be so sure that there would be a fight over his services.

    • foreverchipper10 - Oct 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      Exactly what I was thinking. The Cubs screwed him and I bet they wish they went with Sandberg instead of Quade. Hindsight is 20-20 though.

  6. professorperry - Oct 15, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    If Sandberg is offered an MLB manager job with appropriate $$ and years, he’ll take it. Would he take a cheap 1 yr deal? Maybe not. But he wants to be an MLB manager, so he’ll take any appropriate offer.

  7. stairwayto7 - Oct 16, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    Take Sandberg! He never won a championship with the xtinking Cubs and he won’t win one as a manager! Most OVERRATED 2ND BASEBAM IN MLB HISTORY!

    • thomas2727 - Oct 16, 2011 at 1:22 AM

      Wrong troll. Everybody knows the most overrated 2nd baseman of all time is Bill Mazeroski

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