10/20 Cubs leave door open for Ryno
One thing that may have been missed during Tuesday’s news conference re: Mike Quade was that Cubs GM Jim Hendry left the door open for Ryne Sandberg to return to the organization. Sandberg was one of the finalists to be the Cubs manager but was bypassed in favor of Quade, who passed all the tests during a six-week public audition with the team.
“Ryne Sandberg, as great a player as he was, he’s just as good a human being,” Hendry said. “What he did going to the Minor Leagues and the way he carried himself was very, very good. I think Tom Ricketts and his family are very aware of how important it is for ‘Ryno’ long term to be a member of the Cubs family. He’s disappointed [he didn’t get the Cubs job]. I’m sure like a lot of people, you feel like your heart is set on that. Over time, I hope he’s a Cub in some capacity forever.”
Asked if he would welcome Sandberg back to the Cubs’ Minor League system, Hendry said: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
— Carrie Muskat