Don’t be surprised if Sandberg joins the big league club in September, as he did last fall. And if the Phillies shake up their coaching staff—a good bet in light of their hugely disappointing season—Sandberg is likely to be working under manager Charlie Manuel in Philadelphia in some capacity in 2013.
Phillies senior advisor Dallas Green, the team’s scouting director when Philadelphia selected Sandberg in the 20th round of the 1978 draft, worked with former Phillies GM Pat Gillick to help bring Sandberg back to the organization in November 2010. He’s perplexed why the Cubs let him get away, but is convinced that Sandberg is destined to achieve big things in a major league dugout.
“I’m scared to death we’re gonna lose him ourselves,” Green says. “He’s in our plans, I will say that.”
The obvious question: Why does a Hall of Famer who needed only 456 games of minor league seasoning as a player require 845 games in Peoria, Knoxville, Des Moines and Allentown to prove that he can manage?
...“Triple-A is a horse[bleep] place to manage,” Green says. “Guys are always pissing and moaning about not being in the big leagues, or being sent down, or not getting a chance. You have all these grudge-holders with different agendas or an itch under their saddle, and there’s all that ragging going on. [Sandberg] is able to cut that ragging out and make them play the game of baseball. He’s done it everyplace he’s been.”
Posted: September 01, 2012 at 10:15 AM | 34 comment(s)
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