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Ryne Sandberg likely to stay with Phillies as Triple-A manager

Nov 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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For the second straight offseason Ryne Sandberg failed to land a prominent big-league coaching or managing gig, so Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he’s expected to stay with the Phillies as their Triple-A manager.

Gelb writes that the Phillies “are quite fond of Sandberg” and speculates that the Hall of Fame second baseman could be the heir apparent to Charlie Manuel, whose contract expires after the 2013 season.

In the meantime Sandberg will surely take another shot at interviewing for managerial openings next offseason, but given how often he’s been passed over sticking with the Phillies might be his best chance anyway.

  1. kellyb9 - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Glad to see the future manager of the Phillies is still on our farm system.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      I just Hope Ruben doesn’t trade him next year at the deadline… “Ok Ed, we’ve run out of good farm players, we’ve pretty much shipped all of our talent to you in the last three years… but I’ve got one card left to play… I have an excellente HoF player managing my AAA team…”

      • CJ - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        LOL. fortunately, I think Houston’s fresh out of talent we could use. Now, if Wade ends up GM for another team (stop laughing), then it’s time to worry.

      • paulsdamnblog - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        Yeah, but with Ed Wade, that may be enough to get the Astros best 2 players at the major league level.

      • CJ - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

        True. but right now that doesn’t say much. Their best 2 players might not crack the lineup. Who would that be? Wandy and Bourjeois (or whatever his name is)? Meh.

  2. 12strikes - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    2012 in Triple A, 2013 as bench coach for the Phillies, and 2014 manager.
    I like that!

  3. paulsdamnblog - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    I’d like to see him moved up to the Phillies bench with Charlie this season.

  4. oikosjeremy - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    So in 2014 Sandberg inherits a massive rebuilding project…

  5. cosanostra71 - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    why aren’t the Cubs interested?

    • blueintown - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM


  6. jeremyb91 - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Interesting the Cubs don’t want him and he could lead the team who drafted him in two years instead of the team he played as a Hall of Fame second baseman. This kind of reminds me how the Yankees chose experience with Joe Girardi over fan favorite Don Mattingly who is now earning his stripes with the Dodgers. This doesn’t mean one day either coach won’t return to the their respective teams either, but with experience Sandberg could be a great candidate for the Cubs 5 plus year from now as will Mattingly after the Yankees eventually sour on Girardi similar to how they did to Joe Torre.

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