11/3 Ryno follow-up

After Theo Epstein met with Mike Quade in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday to tell him he wouldn’t be retained as manager, the next call was to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. Then, Epstein called Ryne Sandberg, and left a message. Epstein wanted the Hall of Fame second baseman to hear from him first that he would not be a candidate for the manager’s job. The Cubs want someone with Major League experience. Epstein did interview Sandberg last year for a job in the Red Sox system, but he opted to go to the Phillies’ Triple-A team.

“I thought he had a great future on a big league staff and as a big league manager someday and wished him luck,” Epstein said. “He was very gracious in return and wished us luck with the Cubs and wished me luck personally. There were no hard feelings whatsoever.

“I told him, ‘Look, I’ve only been in Chicago for a little more than a week but it was clear what an incredible impact he had made on the people here and this organization, even greater than what I imagined from afar.’ I said I hoped we could turn the organization into something that would make him proud.”

Would Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer let the next Cubs manager include Sandberg on his coaching staff if he wanted to?

“I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Epstein said.

— Carrie Muskat

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