11/3 Ryno done as Cubs Minor League skipper
Ryne Sandberg, bypassed for the Cubs managerial job, won’t be returning to the team’s Minor League system as a manager. GM Jim Hendry said Wednesday that Sandberg would not be back for a second season at Triple-A Iowa. The Hall of Fame second baseman spent four seasons as a Minor League manager in the Cubs system, beginning in 2007 at Class A Peoria.
This year, Sandberg was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year and was a finalist for the Cubs’ job, but Hendry picked Mike Quade, who led the team to a 24-13 record in the final six weeks.
“We spoke to ‘Ryno’ at the beginning of the weekend,” Hendry said. “‘Ryno’ will not be coming back to Iowa. I don’t think that was ever in his plans to be in the Minor Leagues after this year. What other opportunities he looks into, that will be up to him. He’ll always be welcome here. He knows that.”
Other teams have yet to contact the Cubs about interviewing Sandberg.
“If he chooses to come to Spring Training, that would be great,” Hendry said of Sandberg, who worked with players as an instructor before tackling managing jobs. “If he wants to pursue opportunities with somebody else, that will be up to him.
“The Iowa decision [to not come back] was totally his,” Hendry said. “I never got the sense that if he wasn’t the manager that he was going to go back there. We left it up to him entirely and gave him the opportunity, if he wanted to, to take as long as he needed. That’s a decision he made.”
— Carrie Muskat