Results tagged ‘ Ryne Sandberg ’

9/3 Manager search

Cubs GM Jim Hendry rejoined the team Friday after spending a few days with the Triple-A Iowa team and its manager, Ryne Sandberg. A candidate for the Cubs job, Sandberg was named the Pacific Coast League manager of the year on Friday. His Iowa team begins a four-game series Friday against Memphis and needs to win three of four to advance to the playoffs.

Hendry did talk with Sandberg about the Cubs job but says it wasn’t a formal interview.

“He needs to finish the season,” Hendry said. “We’re not in any rush to complete interview processes or things like that. It was more normal dialogue and get together after the game. It was no different than if I was going into Iowa in the middle of May.”

There were reports that Fredi Gonzalez was a front runner for the Cubs job.

“I told everybody I would not do that and I’m not going to get into comments about everybody,” Hendry said. “The process will take the same time frame I said it would. You’ll read different speculation every day about who the front runner is and who’s eliminated and who’s not. Trust me, it’s all basically conjecture because I haven’t talked to anybody about any of it.

“There is no leading candidate, there hasn’t been and there won’t be until I take the final evaluations to [owner] Tom Ricketts and his family,” Hendry said. “There’s no sense talking about it really.”

Hendry has watched the team under Mike Quade, who is 6-3 since taking over Aug. 23 for Lou Piniella. Quade also is a candidate for the Cubs job.

“I think Mike’s done a real nice job of getting everybody involved and giving people chances and putting people in spots that we’d like them to be in so we can see who we’ve got at the end of the year,” Hendry said. “It’s not an easy job when you take over with five or six weeks left and I think he’s off to a real good start and handled himself at the highest level on and off the field.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/1 Ricketts leaves search to GM

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is leaving the managerial search to GM Jim Hendry, and will go over the list once it’s whittled down. So far, Hendry has talked to former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge and was in Albuquerque with the Triple-A Iowa team to talk to its manager, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

“It’s Jim’s responsibility to go out and find a new manager,” Ricketts told beat writers on Wednesday. “What he’ll do is he’ll create a short list and I’ll meet with everyone on the short list.”

Ricketts said the emphasis is on winning, not finding the best big name manager to help market the team.

“I don’t think we need a marquee name to sell tickets,” Ricketts said. “What we need is a team that produces on the field. And that’s really what’s most important to us.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/31 Hendry talks to Ryno; Quade keeps working

While Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is in Albuquerque with the Triple-A Iowa team to talk to Ryne Sandberg about the Major League job, Mike Quade is taking care of business in Chicago.

Hendry is in the early stages of the interview process to find a replacement for Lou Piniella, who retired on Aug. 22. So far, Hendry has talked to former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge. Sandberg, currently managing the Triple-A Iowa team, has made it clear he’d like to be the one who replaces Piniella. One option the Cubs may try to sell Sandberg on is being a coach on the big league staff.

Quade has spent 17 seasons as a Minor League manager; Sandberg is in his fourth season. Since taking over for Piniella on Aug. 23, the Cubs have gone 5-2 under Quade.

“The biggest difference to me,” Quade said about managing in the Minors versus the Major Leagues, “has been the crush of information I have to process. You process information at the Triple-A level, you’ve got left-right matchups, but you don’t have the specifics and the sample size and [Alfonso] Soriano has 40 at-bats off somebody [for example].”

Quade used to rely on hand-written notes when he managing in Des Moines and Huntsville and Rockford. Now, he has complicated computer print outs to decipher.

The other switch from being a third base coach to a big league manager has been dealing with the media on a daily basis.

“It’s a lot more fun talking to you guys after a big win, obviously,” Quade said. “It’s all good and you guys didn’t bother me for three, four years so I guess I’m overdue.”

Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman, is in his first year at Triple-A after spending two seasons with Class A Peoria and the 2008 season with Double-A Tennessee. He led the Smokies to the Southern League championship series last year. This year, the Iowa Cubs have a half game lead in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 The Hawk & Ryno

New Hall of Famer Andre Dawson was honored in pregame ceremonies Monday at Wrigley Field. He entered from right field, where he played from 1987-92, and bowed to the fans in the bleachers.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts commended Dawson, presenting him with a No. 8 from the Wrigley scoreboard. One thing that has changed since Dawson was last at Wrigley is that his teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, is now managing at Triple-A Iowa and being considered to take over the big league club.

“I’m still amazed that he wants to do it at this level,” Dawson said of Sandberg. “It’s different at the Minor League level when you’re doing more evaluating and working with the kids and trying to get them to the next level. Here, it’s egos and attitudes and business and you’re under the microscope more.

“Ryno, I never envisioned that as a player,” Dawson said. “He was more laid back and quiet. Maybe there’s a different animal now. I wish him well. I think he’d do a good job at it. He’s respected in that manor. He played the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He knows how to win the respect of his peers and individuals he’d be over and above. I think he’d do real well at it.

“I think he’ll groom himself into an individual who will do a better than average job at it.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/25 Minor matters

Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg was ejected for the fourth time this season in Iowa’s 6-4 loss to Nashville on Tuesday. Brad Snyder hit his 21st home run in the fifth and finished with two RBIs. Bobby Scales and Welington Castillo each drove in a run.

* Ty’Relle Harris threw five shutout innings and was backed by a 13-hit attack as Tennessee beat West Tenn, 9-6, on Tuesday. Harris struck out five for his first win. Marwin Gonzalez drove in three runs and Steve Clevenger had two hits and was named Southern League offensive player of the week for Aug. 16-22.

* On Wednesday, Alex Liddi hit a walkoff RBI single in the ninth off
Kyle Smit to lead West Tenn to a 5-4 win over Tennessee. Jeremy
Papelbon started in place of Craig Muschko and gave up one run over
three innings. Esmailin Caridad, on a rehab assignment, went 1 2/3

* Brooks Raley threw six shutout innings in Daytona’s 8-2 win over Clearwater on Wednesday. Kyler Burke capped an eight-run third inning with a grand slam, his seventh homer. Oswaldo Martinez picked up the save, throwing three innings.

* Brett Wallach, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot deal, gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings in Peoria’s 10-5 loss to Clinton. Matt Cerda hit a three-run homer in the ninth.

* Matt Loosen gave up two runs on three hits over four innings and struck out six in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Vancouver. Micah Gibbs and Elliot Soto each had two hits.

— Carrie Muskat

8/22 Who's next as Cubs manager?

There has been speculation that Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg is the front runner to take over for Lou Piniella next season. The Iowa Cubs are in first place in their division.

“I don’t have a front runner and haven’t had a front runner,” GM Jim Hendry said. “I’ve said from the day Lou announced his retirement [July 20] that I would take a long, extensive time to do what I thought was best for the organization in the future.

“It’s a very important decision,” Hendry said of the next Cubs manager, which will be his third hire, following Dusty Baker and Piniella. “There has never been a leading candidate and there isn’t one as I sit here today in the month of August.”

Hendry said Mike Quade, who will take over starting Monday, deserved the opportunity to manage the team for the remaining five weeks or so and will “be a strong candidate for the future.”

“To label anyone as the favorite would be absolutely foolish,” Hendry said.

— Carrie Muskat

8/12 Welcome to the show

Ryne Sandberg called Darwin Barney’s wife’s cell phone on Wednesday but she wasn’t sure who it was.

“She was like, ‘Ryne who?'” Barney said, “and he said, ‘Sandberg. Let me talk to Darwin.'”

And that’s how the infielder got the news that he had been called up from Triple-A Iowa to the big leagues.

“I almost needed him to say it again because I wasn’t expecting it,” Barney said.

Barney walked into the visitor’s clubhouse at AT&T Park around 11 a.m. PT with his suitcase, bat bag and duffel bag. He didn’t mind the 4 a.m. CT wake-up call. It happens all the time in the Minor Leagues.

“This is something you work for in your whole life,” Barney said. “You don’t think it’s inevitable because it’s not easy. The timing has to be right and the club has to want you and all these different things. You can’t take anything for granted but keep working hard and hope it will pay off.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/11 Hoffpauir backs Ryno

If Ryne Sandberg needs a reference as he pursues a big league managing job, he can call Micah Hoffpauir. Hoffpauir, who has played for Sandberg this season at Triple-A Iowa, said the Hall of Fame second baseman supported him when he struggled during the first two months.

“I like him,” Hoffpauir said. “I think he’s a great players’ manager, I think he knows the game. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a great big league manager.

“He loves to be in the lockerroom and if the pitchers are out throwing, he’s out there talking, hanging out, seeing what they’re doing,” Hoffpauir said. “If we’re in the cage, he comes in. He’s always around, he’s always there. I think he’s going to be a good manager.”

Sandberg has gotten lots of media attention since Lou Piniella announced he was retiring at the end of this season. The Cubs will be looking for a new manager and Sandberg has made it clear he’d like the job.

“I think Ryno’s worried about one thing and that’s getting himself ready to be in the big leagues,” Hoffpauir said. “I was walking by the other day and a reporter asked him, ‘Do you want to manage in the big leagues?’ and he kind of giggled and said, ‘Yeah, that’s why I’m doing this.’

“He’s there in Iowa trying to learn as quickly and as well as he can how to be a manager, how to handle a game,” Hoffpauir said. “I think he’s done a great job. He’s shown maturity from the standpoint of being behind his players. That’s one thing I absolutely love. He’s very quiet and soft spoken but if something happens, he’s got your back.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/5 Facts & figures

Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Blake DeWitt each hit a three-run homer in the Cubs’ 15-3 win over the Brewers Wednesday. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in 23 years three different Cubs players hve hit a home run of at least three runs in the same game at Wrigley Field. The last time was June 3, 1987, when Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett hit grand slams and Ryne Sandberg added a three-run homer.

The Cubs are the fifth team since 1955 to snap a losing streak of at least seven games with a win of more than 12 runs. The last time the Cubs performed that feat was in 1931.

— Carrie Muskat


8/2 Manager Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg has been Casey Coleman’s manager the last two seasons in the Minor Leagues and the pitcher said the Hall of Famer has been a great instructor and motivator.

“He makes us work hard, brings a positive attitude to the field every day and he’s all about winning,” said Coleman, called up to the big leagues on Monday from Triple-A Iowa, where Sandberg is currently managing.

“Even in the Minor Leagues, in development, he still wants to win,” Coleman said. “We’re in first place down there and the main reason is because of him.”

Sandberg is a candidate to take over the Cubs after this season when Lou Piniella steps down. Piniella announced July 20 he is retiring.

— Carrie Muskat