Sandberg: Worldbuilding to Teambuilding.
One of the hidden additional responsibilities when a coach is promoted to manager in-season, as Ryne Sandberg was by the Phillies this month, is responding to text messages.
“Well first of all, with text messaging, everyone beat me to it,” Sandberg told me from his manager’s office in Citi Field on Monday afternoon, prior to a 2-1 win over the Mets. “After that first day, I got 195 text messages, which looked like a very big number on the phone, because on a normal basis, I might have five or ten. But I had 195, the next day had another 60, and another 50 the third day.”
...Sandberg said he doesn’t arrive any earlier to assume his managerial duties—“I got here early, regardless. I’m always early to the ballpark”—but what he does when he gets there is fundamentally different.
“It’s significant,” Sandberg said. “It’s wearing a different hat…it’s the daily routine. One of the first things is making up the lineup.”
That means spending more time on the job, even at home. It’s become all-consuming, this gig he’s worked years to get.
“The wheels started turning earlier,” Sandberg said. “At night, thinking about players, thinking about what we need to work on, thinking about possible lineups. Getting up the next morning, thinking about some things, thinking about players, thinking about what we need to work on, thinking about lineups once again. And then, in-game strategy. A different way of looking at the game, as third base coach and infield instructor, and as a manager. So that was flipping a switch.”
Sandberg said he’s actually more focused on the parts of the job that don’t involve the infield, like pitching changes and lineups, since that’s the part of his responsibilities that are new right now.
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 08:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
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