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Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:08 pm

By Evan Brunell

Ryne Sandberg is not interviewing for the Cubs' opening at manager, he confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.

The forner Cubs star, who left the organization last season after Mike Quade was chosen to lead Chicago, is now hoping he lands somewhere else as manager, if not the rival Cardinals.

"I hope the opportunities arise, and that's one of them," he said. "I'm still optimistic and excited about the possibilities."

Sandberg found this out when president Theo Epstein, proactive as always to head off potential stories, reached out immediately to tell the Cubs Hall of Famer he was not a candidate.

"Moments after the press release came out, Theo called me and left me a message stating Mike Quade was not going to be back in 2012," Sandberg said. "And he said they were going to do a managerial search of four to five candidates and that major league coaching experience or managing experience was one of the criteria that they were going to follow, and I would not be a candidate for that job.

"I called him back and told him I'd received the message, appreciated the phone call even though it wasn't owed. But it was appreciated. I wish him all the best and good luck in his new job."

Sandberg didn't seem to be bitter about the situation, and was looking ahead to the Cardinals and perhaps even Boston.

"I'm still hopeful for an opportunity to get to the major leagues somewhere," he said. "I don't know what else I need to do after this season. I'm comfortable with that, and still hopeful for a chance."

Actually, one thing Sandberg could do is become a third-base coach in the majors for a couple of seasons. That would cement his chances to manage. Even Epstein told him as much -- if he had major-league coaching experience, he would be considered. That's a logical next step for Sandberg to take. And why not back with the Cubs? Somewhere, some team should be willing to have Sandberg as a major-league coach, as long as Sandberg is willing.

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Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:40 pm

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

Your right on Brew44 along with several others on here.  Sandberg at least deserves a chance at some capacity on this team.  Another blogger, Farfromout7, says former ballplayers do not make good managers and Sandberg doesn't deserve a chance.  I hopefully showed him with Joe Torre, Joe Girardi and even prospective interviewee, Terry Francona, that statement is not true.  He deserves somewhere on this team.  And I truly agree with you that he can deal with some those egos on this team better than most.  But we won't get the chance I imagine. He will probably be the next coach of the Cardinals and wouldn't surprise me to win back to back World Series championships.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:11 pm

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

You're right.  Being a great minor league manager, which Ryno has been, doesn't mean he'll be a great manager in the pros.  It doesn't mean he won't either.  There have been great managers for one team who failed miserably for another  (Torre from the Yanks to LA).  Nothing is set in stone.

That's why though, it doesn't hurt to give the man a shot in Chicago.  If nothing else, he's coached most of the young players coming up.  He knows them, they know him.  Also, him being a long-time pro and a HOF'er gives him more respect and more juice than a guy who didn't accomplish as much as a player.  Ryno has been one of them and performed at a high level.  His advice would mean something to a player who wanted to improve.

I'd bet Ryno dealt with plenty of egos in the minors.  Bonus baby's don't have egos? It's not like he never saw any when he played either.  People are selling him short on this managing egos thing.  He could be a bench coach, sure.  But what is he going to see there that hasn't popped up in the 500+ games he's already managed? He knows when a pitcher is done and how to move an outfield around.

There is no logical reason that stands up that should prevent him from getting a shot to manage in the bigs. 

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:25 pm

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

Cmon people…managing in the minor leagues, no matter how successful you are, does NOT equate to managing in the majors. It is a totally different atmosphere.

A minor league manager’s job is NOT to win, but to help groom the minor leaguers for the majors. Minor leaguers work on things to improve swings, fielding, etc. They are not in the minors to win ball games. They might do that, but nobody knows who wins minor league world series, and nobody cares.

The fact that Sandberg is a great minor league manager means nothing in the majors. He has to deal with HUGE egos, and the Cubs are loaded with them (at least for now).

That was in fact one problem with Quade: he couldn’t face up to the stars, and instead picked on guys like Barney and Castro. He made up nicknames for the players. He let Zambrano break bats over his thigh, and let him pinch hit in a blow out game.

Perhaps Sandberg would be different since he has MLB playing experience and could stand up to the veterans on a team, but just because he was so great a manager in the minors doesn’t mean he can. I would suggest he be made a bench coach somewhere and learn about managing big league egos.

And also just because he played for 15 years with major leaguers doesn’t mean he can manage them.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:33 am

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Sandberg left the Cubs AAA team, by his own choice, because he was pissed at the Cubs for braking their promise to him .</blockquote>

Cubs broke a promise to Sandberg? They TOLD him he was the future Cubs manager? Water cooler rumors don't count in real life, you know. <br /><br />

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:31 am

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

It is good to see Theo is trying to rebuild the bridges that idiot Hendry burnt during his reign.  The White Sox and Cardinals are great at bringing back former players into the fold, not sure why the Cubs have failed to do so.

I like the idea of bringing him on as a 3b coach or bench coach.  It would seem to be a step forward for Ryno and it would start to give him the experience that he needs to get a big league manager job.   And if he ends up with the Cardinals, Cubs fans cannot blame him.  The Cubs job was wide open and waiting for him and they went with Quade instead.  

And why doesn't 15 years of HOF play not count as experience? 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:26 am

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

The Bison

It is odd though that Sandberg went from the Cubs AAA club in Peoria to now this year managing the Phillies AAA club, not something you see that often unless the guy did a terrible job or burned some bridges
Sandberg left the Cubs AAA team, by his own choice, because he was pissed at the Cubs for braking their promise to him . Sandberg did everything they asked of him and was told he was being groomed to move up to the big club, then he was passed up for Quade. I wouldnt be surprised to see Sandberg at the helm of the Cardinals this next year.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:07 am

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

Learn more before commenting.  He spent five years in the minors, starting in A ball, taking teams to the playoffs and winning manager of the year awards.  He's done more than enough in addition to 15 years in the bigs to be ready to be a big league manager.  He's already been a base coach in the minors...that's generally where the manager is in the low minors.

He should be considered for any managerial opening.  The guy is ready.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:52 am

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

Big mistake!!!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:34 am

Cubs will not interview Ryne Sandberg

Is Sandberg too big to go learn to manage in the minors ?

Even coaching isn't enough...managers that learn how to run the game on the job in MLB, rarely ever do learn, and  get beat with equal talent regularly. Too many examples to list, but Dusty Baker is one I'd like to get rid of...if the Cubs would like a repeat performance of Dusty's 8 run pennant blowing nap, later blamed on Bartman. 

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