12/7 Sandberg to manage Triple-A Iowa

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg got a promotion on Monday.

Sandberg was named manager of the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team, replacing Bobby Dickerson, who was hired by the Baltimore Orioles to be their roving Minor League infield instructor and field coordinator for Latin America. Chicago GM Jim Hendry made the announcement Monday at the Winter Meetings.

This season at Double-A Tennessee, Sandberg guided the Smokies to the Southern League playoffs, the first time the team has advanced to the postseason since 2004. Tennessee lost the league championship, 3-1, to Jacksonville.

Sandberg, 50, has guided Minor League teams to two first-place finishes as the Class A Peoria Chiefs tied for first in the Midwest League in the second half of 2007. The former Cubs second baseman has made it clear he’s interested in managing someday in the big leagues.

So far, the 10-time National League All-Star has compiled a 202-215 record and a 4-4 mark in the postseason as a Minor League manager. He spent two seasons in Peoria, and one in Tennessee.

The Cubs were expected to announce the rest of their Minor League assignments next week.

Dickerson, 44, just finished his eighth season with the Cubs and fifth as a manager in the system. The Iowa Cubs went 72-72 this season and finished third in the Northern Division.

— Carrie Muskat 

1 Comment

One of the few smart AND OBVIOUS choices by Hendry. Can you imagine the backlash if Hendry blew this one?
Even he couldn’t screw up this no-brainer. Hope to see Ryno in the bigs in 2011 or 2012.

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