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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Brookover: Ryne Sandberg looking forward to rejoining Phillies

Sandberg, 53, officially learned that he was rejoining the Phillies as their third-base coach and infield instructor after the team’s final game, against the Washington Nationals.

What Sandberg will not be doing next season is thinking about replacing Charlie Manuel as the next manager of the Phillies. That’s a role that many believe he will assume, perhaps as soon as the 2014 season, and it would make for a terrific story since it was the Cubs who passed on him as their next manager a couple of times in recent seasons.

Sandberg would not say what he would do if another team offered him a managerial job this offseason. At this point, the only openings are in Colorado and Boston, and Sandberg has not been contacted by either team.

“That’s a hypothetical,” he said. “I’d deal with that if my phone rang, and my phone hasn’t rung. I’m looking forward to being the Philadelphia Phillies’ third-base coach.”

McCoy Posted: October 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. steagles Posted: October 21, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4278108)
it would make for a terrific story since it was the Cubs who passed on him as their next manager a couple of times in recent seasons.
it's only a great story if he actually wins.
   2. Bruce Markusen Posted: October 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM (#4278664)
How often is it that a Hall of Fame player has had to put in this kind of apprenticeship, involving a significant tenure as a minor league manager, before he received his chance at big league managing? As I recall, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, and Frank Robinson never managed a single day in the minor leagues. Bob Lemon was a pitching coach for awhile before becoming a manager, but was he a minor league manager?

It just seems that the Phillies are making Sandberg jump through hoops before he becomes their manager. And the Rockies are ready to make Jason Giambi or Tom Runnells their manager, even though Giambi has never managed anywhere and Runnells has been out of the managing loop for 20 years.
   3. McCoy Posted: October 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM (#4278670)
Well, the Phillies do have Charlie Manuel. What are they supposed to do? Fire their WS winning manager so Ryne Sandberg can get a shot at managing in the major leagues?

Sandberg was with the Cubs when they had Lou and now he is with the Phillies. If he wanted a quicker path to the Majors he probably should have gone to Houston, Florida, KC, or someplace like that.
   4. jdanger Posted: October 22, 2012 at 10:40 PM (#4279961)
After Valentine was out, I was hoping Boston would trade Ivan DeJesus jr to Philidelphia for Ryno.

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