Results tagged ‘ Bobby Dickerson ’

12/7 Sandberg to manage Triple-A Iowa

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg got a promotion on Monday.

Sandberg was named manager of the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team, replacing Bobby Dickerson, who was hired by the Baltimore Orioles to be their roving Minor League infield instructor and field coordinator for Latin America. Chicago GM Jim Hendry made the announcement Monday at the Winter Meetings.

This season at Double-A Tennessee, Sandberg guided the Smokies to the Southern League playoffs, the first time the team has advanced to the postseason since 2004. Tennessee lost the league championship, 3-1, to Jacksonville.

Sandberg, 50, has guided Minor League teams to two first-place finishes as the Class A Peoria Chiefs tied for first in the Midwest League in the second half of 2007. The former Cubs second baseman has made it clear he’s interested in managing someday in the big leagues.

So far, the 10-time National League All-Star has compiled a 202-215 record and a 4-4 mark in the postseason as a Minor League manager. He spent two seasons in Peoria, and one in Tennessee.

The Cubs were expected to announce the rest of their Minor League assignments next week.

Dickerson, 44, just finished his eighth season with the Cubs and fifth as a manager in the system. The Iowa Cubs went 72-72 this season and finished third in the Northern Division.

– Carrie Muskat 

10/10 Samardzija update

Jeff Samardzija gave up one run on three hits and two walks over four innings, striking out two, in Mexicali’s 13-4 loss to Hermosillo on Friday night. It was Samardzija’s first Winter Ball game, and the first game of the Mexican Winter League. The right-hander did not get a decision. Matt Camp was 3-for-4 and Brad Snyder 1-for-4 for Mexicali, which is managed by Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson.

– Carrie Muskat

10/9 Samardzija to start in Mexico

Jeff Samardzija didn’t get much of an offseason. The right-hander was scheduled to start Friday night for Mexicali against Hermosillo in the Mexican League opener. Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson is the Mexicali skipper, and Samardzija will have three other Cubs Minor Leaguers on the roster in Brian Schlitter, Matt Camp and Brad Snyder.

Samardzija’s last start for the Cubs on Oct. 1 was rained out. The right-hander gave up three runs over three innings before nature intervened. He finished 1-3 with a 7.53 ERA in 20 games, including two starts.

“The kid needs to pitch Winter Ball,” Lou Piniella said after Samardzija’s last outing. “He’s on the right path. He just needs to work on the things he’s working on and get more consistent with it and Winter Ball will give him that opportunity.”

The right-hander is a candidate for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation in 2010.

– Carrie Muskat

7/25 Welcome to the show

Justin Berg got a phone call Friday, and was told to come into Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson’s office. It was the right-hander’s turn to join the big league team.

“I was pretty excited,” Berg said.

At Iowa, he was 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 24 relief appearances. He’s given up one home run this season, and that was in his third outing. Berg is from Antigo, Wis., and wears No. 64 because it’s the same number of a highway that goes through his hometown.

“He’s pitched well in the past four, five weeks in Triple-A and has a good sinker, a heavy ball,” Lou PIniella said. “The secret for this young man is to throw strikes. If he can get the ball over the plate, he’ll get ground balls.”

Berg was with the big league team this spring. Primarily a sinker ball pitcher, he also throws a cutter, a curve and a changeup. He knows he’ll be nervous the first time on the mound.

“[I have to] throw strikes, first and foremost,” Berg said. “Relax, take a deep breath and go out there and compete.”

Perhaps the happiest player to see Berg was pitcher Jeff Stevens, who handed off the neon orange backpack the reliever with least seniority has to carry to the bullpen.

– Carrie Muskat

Manager for a day

Triple-A Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson handled the manager duties on Wednesday in Goodyear for the Cubs’ split squad game against the Indians. Lou Piniella and most of his staff went to Las Vegas for a quick two-game series against the White Sox.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild will have a long day. He was at HoHoKam Park in Mesa Wednesday morning to watch a couple pitchers throw side sessions, then went to Goodyear for the game, and was to catch a flight to Vegas to join the rest of the team.

– Carrie Muskat

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