8/30 The Hawk & Ryno

New Hall of Famer Andre Dawson was honored in pregame ceremonies Monday at Wrigley Field. He entered from right field, where he played from 1987-92, and bowed to the fans in the bleachers.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts commended Dawson, presenting him with a No. 8 from the Wrigley scoreboard. One thing that has changed since Dawson was last at Wrigley is that his teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, is now managing at Triple-A Iowa and being considered to take over the big league club.

“I’m still amazed that he wants to do it at this level,” Dawson said of Sandberg. “It’s different at the Minor League level when you’re doing more evaluating and working with the kids and trying to get them to the next level. Here, it’s egos and attitudes and business and you’re under the microscope more.

“Ryno, I never envisioned that as a player,” Dawson said. “He was more laid back and quiet. Maybe there’s a different animal now. I wish him well. I think he’d do a good job at it. He’s respected in that manor. He played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He knows how to win the respect of his peers and individuals he’d be over and above. I think he’d do real well at it.

“I think he’ll groom himself into an individual who will do a better than average job at it.”

– Carrie Muskat

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