Results tagged ‘ Ryne Sandberg ’

12/6 Ryno on Ron Santo

Ryne Sandberg was at baseball’s Winter Meetings Monday to not only meet with his staff members with his new team, the Phillies, but also attend a Hall of Fame news conference. He was part of the Hall’s Expansion Era committee, which elected Pat Gillick into Cooperstown on Monday. Who knows? Maybe they’ll consider Ron Santo next year.

“He was a fixture at Wrigley Field during my whole career and a fixture in my life as far as being there in Spring Training and being there every season I played,” Sandberg said of Santo, who passed away last Thursday. “It was a very sad day for myself just thinking about what he meant not only to the organization but myself and my family.”

Sandberg said he’ll miss having Santo to talk to.

“We always had a lot to talk about,” Sandberg said. “He called me ‘big boy’ all the time because he didn’t remember my name. He called everybody that. He was one who could get away with that. I returned the favor and called him ‘big boy.'”

Will he be hard to replace?

“He’s really established himself as a fan favorite and the voice of the fans,” Sandberg said. “It’s similar to when Harry Caray left. It’ll be hard to replace Ron Santo — I don’t think you can replace him. He wasn’t your typical radio announcer but everybody knew what he meant and how he felt, even if he didn’t get the facts right or the names right, everyone knew what he meant and how emotional he was about the game. That came across loud and clear on the radio.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/15 Sandberg to Phillies

Ryne Sandberg has come full circle. The Phillies announced Monday they’ve hired Sandberg as their Triple-A manager, and he is back with the organization where he started. He’ll now be skipper of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. It’ll be his fifth year managing in the Minors after four seasons in the Cubs system. Sandberg was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year after leading the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record. He interviewed for the Cubs managerial opening but GM Jim Hendry picked Mike Quade after he led the team to a 24-13 record in the final six weeks. The Phillies drafted Sandberg in 1978, and he was traded to the Cubs in 1981.

“I’m happy for him and applaud him for wanting to pursue his goal,” said Hendry, who was in Orlando, Fla., for the GM meetings.

— Carrie Muskat

11/9 Sandberg to Phillies? – 2nd UPDATE

Ryne Sandberg isn’t giving up on his dream to manage in the big leagues. He is reportedly among the candidates for the Phillies’ managerial vacancy at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

“I’m committed to baseball and what I’m doing,” Sandberg told the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald. “My goal is to reach the Majors again, just like everyone else in the Minor Leagues. But I want to coach and teach and continue to do that, whether it’s in the Minors or the Majors. I’m committed to that. I always have been. I never stopped.”

Sandberg’s agent Jim Turner told the Daily Herald: “Ryne felt it was in his best interests, and [Cubs] ownership’s best interests, to not accept the job at [Triple-A] Iowa. He did not want ownership or the fans or Mike Quade to feel he was sitting there waiting for a disappointing result and an ax to fall in Chicago. That’s not how he’s built.”

Sandberg has talked to the Ricketts family about pursuing other managerial openings. Cubs GM Jim Hendry did give Sandberg the option of returning to Triple-A Iowa but he chose not to. Sandberg is under contract with the Cubs until Dec. 31, but the team will not get in the way of his pursuit of a job.

“He was always welcome to do whatever he wanted,” Hendry said Tuesday night.

Could Sandberg manage in the Phillies system? Sure.

“By not accepting the Des Moines job, Ryne’s sending a clear signal to the 29 other teams,” Turner said. “He’s serious about reaching his goal, and that goal can be reached with any Major League team.”

Sandberg, 51, has spent the last four years in the Cubs’ Minor League system, managing Triple-A Iowa last year. He was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year after leading the Iowa Cubs to a tie for first at 82-62. Sandberg was a candidate for the Cubs’ manager’s job, but Hendry picked Mike Quade, who led the team to a 24-13 record in the final six weeks of the regular season.

Sandberg does have ties to the Phillies. He began his career with the team, which selected the infielder in the 20th round of the 1978 Draft. He was included in the deal which sent shortstop Larry Bowa to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop Ivan DeJesus.

— Carrie Muskat

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

10/26 Coaches update

Cubs manager Mike Quade needs a new bench coach and Ryne Sandberg does not appear to be in line for the job. Alan Trammell, who was the bench coach for four years under Lou Piniella, has joined Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson’s staff as bench coach, Arizona announced Tuesday. Trammell joins other former Cubs as Don Baylor was named hitting coach and Eric Young named first base coach. Gibson was Trammell’s bench coach in Detroit when Trammell managed the Tigers from 2003-05.

Quade, given a two-year contract one week ago after a successful six-week term at the end of the 2010 season, was not expected to name the rest of his staff until after the World Series. MLB asks teams to refrain from making any announcements during the series, which gets underway Wednesday in San Francisco between the Giants and Rangers.

Sandberg, one of the finalists for the Cubs manager’s job, was not expected to replace Trammell on the bench and it was not clear what role the Hall of Fame second baseman would have in the organization. That likely will be one of the topics discussed during the Cubs’ organizational meetings, which get underway next week in Arizona.

The majority of the Cubs staff was expected to return in 2011, including pitching coach Larry Rothschild, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, bullpen coach Lester Strode, third base coach Ivan DeJesus and first base coach Bob Dernier. Dernier had been the team’s roving baserunning instructor before joining the big league team when Quade took over for Piniella on Aug. 23.

Matt Sinatro, who was a special assistant to the manager and involved with the scouting reports and working with the catchers, was not expected to return in 2011.

— Carrie Muskat

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

10/19 The Q factor

On Tuesday, the Cubs officially promoted Mike Quade to the big leagues. He signed a two-year contract with the team and after 17 seasons and 2,378 games in such towns as Macon, Scranton, Huntsville and Des Moines, he’s now the Cubs manager.

“I don’t know how anybody could’ve done better than he did,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said of Quade after the regular season finale Oct. 3.

“Q” was picked over Ryne Sandberg, which will upset more than a few Cubs fans who wanted the Hall of Fame second baseman back at Wrigley Field and in the dugout. It’s unlikely Sandberg will be on the Cubs coaching staff.

Others considered for the Cubs job included Eric Wedge, who was named manager of the Mariners, and former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin. This is the third manager to be named by Hendry, who gave Dusty Baker a four-year contract, starting in 2003, and hired Lou Piniella in October 2006.

Quade, 53, took over for Piniella on Aug. 23 and is the fifth Cubs manager to post a .600 or better winning percentage as a mid-season replacement. Whitey Lockman did so 1972 after replacing Leo Durocher, guiding the Cubs to a 39-26 mark. Others to accomplish the feat include Frank Chance in 1905 (55-33); Charlie Grimm in 1932 (37-18); and Gabby Hartnett in 1938 (44-27).

— Carrie Muskat

10/12 Cubs manager update

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has met with the four managerial candidates but there is no timetable for when the team will name its next skipper. Ricketts would not comment on the managerial search but a source confirmed he has interviewed each of the candidates.

The four include Mike Quade, Ryne Sandberg, Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin. Quade, who has spent 17 seasons managing in the Minor Leagues, compiled a 24-13 mark when he took over for Lou Piniella. Sandberg is coming off a season at Triple-A Iowa where he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. It was his fourth season managing in the Cubs’ Minor League system.

Ricketts was in Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday to campaign for Proposition 420, which will be on the general election ballot Nov. 2. The measure is designed to allow the city to spend up to $84 million for a new Spring Training stadium and practice facilities for the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

10/8 Extra bases

Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild has until Monday to tell the team whether he will exercise his option for 2011. Rothschild, 56, just finished his ninth season with the Cubs, who ranked 13th in the National League in ERA at 4.18. Even if Rothschild says yes, he can leave if the next Cubs manager does not want him or if Rothschild does not want to work with the new skipper.

* As of now, the list of candidates who have interviewed for the Cubs’ managerial job includes Eric Wedge, Bob Melvin, Ryne Sandberg and Mike Quade. General manager Jim Hendry has talked to at least seven others by phone but did not plan on calling any of them in for formal interviews.

* The Cubs ranked eighth in the NL in team batting average and 10th in runs scored. Hendry was happy with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who finished his first season with the team. “He’s a hard working guy and I think you saw some positives come near the end,” Hendry said. “The guy’s been as good as there is for 15 years. I think over time his abilities will continue to grow for us.”

— Carrie Muskat

10/2 Melvin in town

Cubs GM Jim Hendry will interview former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin this weekend in Houston, according to the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) newspaper. Hendry had talked to Melvin when he interviewed managers prior to the 2003 season. The Cubs hired Dusty Baker at that time. Melvin managed the Mariners from 2003-04, compiling a 156-168 record. He finished second in the American League West in ’03. He joined the Diamondbacks in 2005 and in five seasons was 337-340, finishing first in ’07 and second in ’05 and ’08. He was let go in 2009 after the team got off to a 12-17 start. So far, Hendry has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who managed the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team.

The Cubs are 23-12 under Mike Quade, second-best record in the Major Leagues since Aug. 23. Only the Phillies have a better mark at 26-11.

— Carrie Muskat