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Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:08 pm
 
Ryne SandbergBy C. Trent Rosecrans

On the day Theo Epstein confirmed his Lincoln Park Starbucks visit earlier this month, there's another sighting of a possible Cub in the Windy City -- the Chicago Tribune quotes two Chicago baseball fans as having seen Hall of Famer and potential Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.

Of course, Sandberg played for the Cubs for 15 seasons and has a home in Chicago, so reading too much into his strolling down a Chicago sidewalk on a Tuesday afternoon is quite the leap in logic.

Still, Epstein was announced as the new President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs on Tuesday and incumbent manager Mike Quade is perceived as a lame duck, while Sandberg was a candidate to get the job last year when the Cubs hired Quade and has gotten rave reviews from baseball people for his work as a minor league manager.

During his introductory news conference, Epstein said he would speak to Quade this week, but was noncommittal about his manager's future.

Sanberg interviewed for Boston's Triple-A managerial position last season, but he'd already committed to manager Philadelphia's Triple-A team, so he turned down the job in Pawtucket. Sandberg managed four years in the Cubs minor league system, winning the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year Award in 2010. Sandberg's Lehigh Valley team won the International League wild card, going 80-64. The IronPigs were 58-86 in 2010 before Sandberg's tenure with the team.

I've talked to several baseball people who have been very impressed with Sandberg's managerial style and aptitude for the game, so when he does get a managerial position -- and he will -- it will be because of his merits as a manager, not because of his exploits as a player.

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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

Sandberg maintains a home in the Chicago area, why wouldn't he be spotted there? Also, he's NOT what the Cubs need as manager. A sentimental favorite for sure, but that doesn't win ballgames. Winning in the Minors is a different animal from managing in the Majors, I don't see success with Sandberg at the helm.



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

Sandberg as manager would make getting a Cub ticket one of the toughest ducats to come by in MLB.  Hope would spring eternal and there would be some serious karma working to overcome the curse of the billy goat.  If in fact the guy showed some skills in the minors why not give him a chance?There's lots of dead wood on the roster.  The club had a bad reputation for being leaderless in the clubhouse.  Why not bring Sandberg in.  He can learn in 2012 when no one truly has great expectations and then be in a position to be a hero in 2013.  The Cubs need to turn a new leaf.  Being lovable losers can get old, even on Chicago's North Side.


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Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:17 pm
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Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:54 am
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

Sandberg makes too much sense to be the Cubs next manager and we all know that the Cubs don't like to do things that make sense.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:02 am
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

I might actually start watching more Cubs games if he becomes manager.  I won't be able to watch many since I don't have Comcast.  But I'll watch when they are on WGN or Fox.  It would be nice if he can finally get that ring that he could have gotten as a player if not for the collapse in the 1984 NLCS.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:27 am
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

An lot of Cubs fans want Ryne Sandberg as manager



Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

It was just the usual friendly happy hour with Mrs. Rafael Palmiero.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

Marc Grace is the new Cubs manager.....he or Terry Francona. Oh wait...that bum was the reason Epstein got fired. Looks like Francona will never get hired as manager again. The guy doesn't know strategy, can't manage his players (alot of beer drinking going around during the playoffs...regular season is fine though) and doesn't know how to give good interviews.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Sandberg spotted in Chicago, rumors swirl

Sanberg spotted in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at Doherty's Pub.


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