12/9 The Ryno effect
A snowstorm was the only thing to stop the Triple-A Iowa Cubs from selling tickets on Wednesday in Des Moines. The phones started ringing immediately when word got out that Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg would be the team’s new manager.
“Ryno has spurred some interest in us, that’s for sure,” said Iowa general manager Sam Bernabe on Wednesday.
Bernabe was in Indianapolis for the Winter Meetings, and talked to Peoria club officials about how they handled Sandberg’s first season as a Minor League manager. The media requests have started already.
“He knows what’s expected of him,” Bernabe said of Sandberg, who led the Double-A Tennessee Smokies to the Southern League championship this year.
— Carrie Muskat