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Ryne Sandberg Newsbeat

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ryne Sandberg quit the Phillies because players are mean

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But he also wasn’t very good at what he did, even with a lack of talent. His in-game decision making lacked creativity. He often appeared unprepared, and multiple players openly bristled at his authority, both veterans and younger players. One of Sandberg’s closest friends, his bench coach Larry Bowa, said as much in an interview with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.

Several pitchers — Hamels, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and David Buchanan — openly disrespected Sandberg during visits to the mound last season.

Bowa said Sandberg addressed that with the pitchers in spring training.

“That was one issue that bothered him,” Bowa said.

And while some of those issues were behind the scenes, there were others that were more public, like his dugout spat with reliever Ken Giles, after Giles was visibly upset on the mound after being ordered to intentionally walk a batter a few weeks back.

“It shocked me,” Bowa said. “I’d never seen [Sandberg] that mad. I was like, ‘Whoa, who’s this? Who just came out of his body right here?’ ”

A half-season of frustration?

“I’m sure it was,” Bowa said. “I’m sure it was.

Bowa added, “Giles is a great kid; he got caught up in the moment and he was concentrating on the hitter.”

But for Sandberg, “That was sort of the straw that broken the camel’s back,” Bowa said. “He went over and said, ‘I’m running this team. If I want to put that guy on, I’m putting him on. I’m the manager, you’re the pitcher.’ ”

Was that one of the moments that led to Sandberg’s decision?

“Maybe,” Bowa said. “Maybe.“

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:17 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryne sandberg

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Abrupt exit, more questions

The situation in Philadelphia sounds ###### up.

The result was a remarkable press conference that featured a stunned general manager, a silent president, and a gigantic elephant invited by the outgoing manager and ignored by the other two men. The Phillies might be the worst team in the major leagues, but man, do they make it interesting. How strange are these times? When asked one of the most basic questions regarding situations like these - who will be in charge of hiring Sandberg’s replacement - the president of the organization could not answer.

“I can’t really comment on that,” Pat Gillick said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryne sandberg

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ford: Utley’s berating a death knell for Sandberg’s tenure

What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored. Outside the walls, it might have been just another blip on a downward arc. Within them, it was a sea change that not a player, coach, nor management official failed to recognize. Fair or not, Sandberg lost his job right then.

And the zinger:

The tragicomic scene of a phone ajar from the hook, causing McClure to resort to sending a towel-waving signal to the bullpen, was a metaphor for an organizational failure that extends far beyond the field. Forget analytics and advanced baseball strategy. This team can’t master a land line. If the Cardinals wanted to hack into the deepest secrets of the Phillies, they would have to research the intricacies of the Commodore 64.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, ryne sandberg



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