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Sandberg: 'I am ready'

Posted on: July 21, 2010 4:15 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:30 pm
Ryne Sandberg Ryne Sandberg is apparently not going to play coy. He wants to be the next manager of the Cubs.

Appearing on a radio show in Chicago, Sandberg did not mince words when asked whether he is prepared to take over when Lou Piniella retires at the end of the year. The Hall of Fame second baseman is managing the Cubs' Triple-A team.

"I am ready. I sure am. [After] four years of managing at the minor league level, I'm ready for a major league job, and I'm ready to win," Sandberg said. "The reason I went this route was to manage, not to coach.

"There is a lot to managing, and with almost four years under my belt, I believe I'm ready. I'm not interested in on-the-job learning or on-the-job training. At this point, I'm interested in winning ballgames at the major league level."

Given the disappointment surrounding the Cubs, and his legendary status among Cubs fans, Sandberg has to be considered the front-runner for the job. But general manager Jim Hendry told reporters Wednesday that he's not rushing into anything.

"One of the advantages of the way we're doing it, and with Lou announcing that he was going to retire, is that we're going to take our time," Hendry said. "This process is going to take a couple of months. ... It will be a long and very intense search. A lot of people will be considered."

A source told that the Cubs will interview former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who has a history with Hendry. Gonzalez has been rumored to be the favorite to replace the retiring Bobby Cox in Atlanta.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:18 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:38 pm

Superstars rarely make good managers/coaches

Although Sandberg feels that he is old enough to become a MLB manager and has paid his dues we all know that most of the successful coaches/managers were never the superstars. I think it has to do with not being able to rely on other people to get things done. They are so used to relying on themselves that they often forget that most of the team is not as good, passionate or knowledgeable about the game. I wish the Cubs the best. After watching crappy teams like the Red Sox and White sox end their championship drought it is only fair that the Cubs win one soon. 
The fact that Sandberg is the most popular Cubs player ever puts tremendous pressure on him and the team to win immediately. This is something even the "best" Cubs teams could never do. 

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:26 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

Sandberg is old school, but Lou is old school too and look where that has gotten HIM.

Girardi won't jump.  He's got a pretty tasty gig already and the Yankees will offer him all the money and security he wants.

Don't rule out Joe Torre.  Freddi Gonzalez will have a stint as somebody's bench coach before he gets another crack at managing, but that's what I said about Manny Acta 48 hours before the Indians signed him.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:20 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

I think it should be between Sandberg and Girardi.  Sandberg would be the popular choice but Girardi has a World Series ring.  Not sure which one wins out.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 2:55 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

In the end does it really matter who manages ???  They will still be the Cubs.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:44 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

I'm not sure he is ready but I like he way he's handling all the speculation, and I like his self endorsement. I think hes going to be a very good, old school coach in the near future and I doubt he'll be available after the next big name coach is chased out of town becuase of bad team management. So sign him now, its not like the cubs are on the doorstep to anything special. They need to groom young players while some of the terrible Hendry contracts expire. I think Sanburg is the man for that job.

I hate that I'm a cubs fan. If all the sucker cub fans' foolish optimism wasnt so profitable we might have more than a minor league team on the N side.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 7:21 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

The Cubs would be crazy not to offer the job to Joe Girardi, first.  His contract is up with the Yankees after this season, and he and his wife are both from Chicago.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 6:34 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

I am far from a Cubs fan, but even I know if they go with Gonzalez or anyone else over Sandberg, there will be an uproar.

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