Tag:Ryne Sandberg
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 10:17 am

Pepper: Concussion concern

Yunel Escobar
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar may be the test case for Major League Baseball's new concussion guidelines after leaving Wednesday night's game against the A's following a collision with Oakland third baseman Adam LaRoche.

Escobar stayed in the game after he ran into LaRoche's knee on a head-first slide into third following a fifth-inning triple. After fielding his position in the sixth, Escobar was taken out of the game because of dizziness. He was taken to a hospital for testing and stayed overnight.

Escobar convinced manager John Farrell to keep him in the game after the incident and even wanted to stay after his half-inning in the field. Still, he was at shortstop jumping up and down and shaking his head.

Farrell said the team was waiting to see how he reacted and didn't like what they saw. Diagnosing a concussion is difficult, especially when an athlete is conditioned to play through pain, so managers need to be more proactive when a head injury occurs. Farrell acted and luckily it wasn't too late.

It won't be a surprise if Escobar is the first player to wind up on the seven-day DL for concussions. MLB has stepped up to the plate in giving teams ways to properly treat concussions, now it's time for the teams to follow through and use them. [Globe and Mail]

IS TODAY THE DAY? -- Can the Red Sox actually win a game? CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to discuss it.

FIRST PITCH WORTH SEEING -- The White Sox's home opener today and throwing out the first pitch will be Minnie Minoso. Minoso is anywhere from 85-91 and one of the great ambassadors of baseball. We used Baseball-Reference.com's player oracle linking franchise legends to current players and I swear a good third of them that I did included Minoso, who played his first big-league game in 1949 and his last in 1980 (although, he did manage just five games after 1964, appearing in three games in 1976 and two in 1980 in a  publicity stunt). [Chicago Tribune]

LA RUSSA UPSET -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has found an easy scapegoat for his team's 2-4 start, the media. You'll never lose in a public opinion poll when you place yourself against the fourth estate. Baseball's king of deflection is at it early this season. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

GOOD SOLDIER -- Mariners second baseman Jack Wilson said he was in agreement with manager Eric Wedge's decision to pull him after two errors on Wednesday. The question is, with his contract up at the end of the season, could Wilson be traded away before the season ends to a team that needs a shortstop (St. Louis, Milwaukee, Houston?), especially with Dustin Ackley waiting to take over at second base. [Seattle Times]

BOO AWAY -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel understands why fans booed Cole Hamels on Tuesday -- it is Philly after all. [Philly.com]

CAREER NUMBERS -- Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman have been in the National League Central long enough to have played nearly a season's worth of games against each team. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold breaks down Pujols' and Berkman's 'seasons' against NL Central opponents. The conclusion? Those two are pretty good -- and the Reds don't want to see either. Pujols' best numbers -- .372/.456/.695 with 45 HR and 134 RBI in 157 games -- are against the Pirates, and the Reds are in second place (159 games, 43 HR, 133 RBI, .356/.440/.656). Berkman's best are against the Reds, hitting 49 HR, 137 RBI and .318/.438/.678 in 152 games against Cincinnati.

SMALL BALL -- For just the second time in the nine-year history of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, there were two straight games without a homer on Tuesday and Wednesday. The only other time that happened was Aug. 6-7, 2005 against the Marlins. That hasn't hurt the Reds, who scored 20 runs in those two games. The Reds have scored 43 runs through the first five games, the second-best mark in their history. In 1976, Cincinnati had 44 runs through five games. That team, of course, repeated as World Series champions. The team is also 5-0 for the fifth time in history -- twice winning the World Series after such a start (1919, 1990).

JUDGE ME NOT BY MY SIZE -- The Royals' Tim Collins and the Braves' Craig Kimbrel are proving you don't need to be tall to throw hard. [MLB.com]

RATINGS UP -- The Nationals' TV ratings for their opening series against the Braves were up nearly 100 percent. [D.C. Sports Bog]

CABRERA HITS 250 -- Miguel Cabrera hit his 250th career home run on Wednesday and Tiger manager Jim Leyland said he was sure his slugger would have "250 more." It seems likely if Cabrera stays on the field. [MLive.com]

SIPP STEPS UP -- Tony Sipp has emerged as the Indians' setup man. [Akron Beacon Journal]

OPENING DAY -- Today's opening day for the minor leagues. The game to watch is in Rome, Ga., where Bryce Harper will make his professional debut for the Class A Hagerstown Suns. [Rome News-Tribune]

HALL OF FAME PIG -- Ryne Sandberg, the new manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs is comfortable in his new job with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate. [Allentown Morning-Call]

RALLY CAP -- The Altoona Curve is the first professional team to feature a reversible cap with a design in the lining to make a rally cap. The inside features a lining depicting the team's "rally mascot" Al Tuna. It's a pair of googly eyes, representing the head of the fish mascot. [MiLB.com]

MAKE IT A DOUBLE -- The Red Sox are getting closer to being able to selling mixed drinks at Fenway Park after reaching an agreement with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and other interest groups. This comes just in time, as the Red Sox are winless. [Boston Globe]

TEIXEIRA LAUNCHES DREAM TEAM -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira donated $1 million to the Harlem RBI program. [MLB..com]

SHEPARD DIES -- Larry Shepard, the former Pirates manager and pitching coach for the Big Red Machine, died on Tuesday. He was 92. Shepard managed the Pirates in 1968 and 1969 and was the Reds' pitching coach from 1970-78. He also served as the pitching coach for the Phillies and Giants. [Associated Press]

RETURN TO MONTREAL -- The Blue Jays are considering playing exhibition games in Montreal and other Canadian cities. [MLB.com]

A REAL CLASSIC -- "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" will be preserved at the Library of Congress along with 24 other recordings chosen for their cultural significance. [Associated Press]

10 YEARS OF PNC -- One of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball turns 10 this year, as the Pirates start their home opener on a roll, winner of their first two series. Even 10 years old, the $270 million stadium is still one of the best in baseball, even if its tenants haven't been. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

MLB.COM Q&A -- The boss over at MLB.com talks about technology and baseball [All Things Digital]

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:00 am

Sandberg hired to manage Phillies' Triple-A team

The Phillies have announced they've hired Ryne Sandberg as their manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sandberg served as the manager for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa the last two seasons and was a finalist to replace Lou Piniella, but was passed over in favor of Mike Quade.

Sandberg was drafted by the Phillies in 1978 and debuted with the Phillies in 1981 before being traded to the Cubs along with Larry Bowa for Ivan DeJesus before the 1982 season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:44 am

Sandberg up for Phillies' Triple-A job

Ryne Sandberg, denied his dream job of managing the Cubs and unwilling to return to that organization as Triple-A manager, is being considered for the Triple-A job with the Phillies, according to the Philadephia Inquirer.

Sandberg began his playing career with the Phillies, getting six major-league at-bats in 1981, before being shipped off to Chicago as a minor piece in one of the worst trades in baseball history. The Phillies sent both Sandberg, the future Hall of Famer, and Larry Bowa, who had been a five-time All-Star in Philadelphia, to the Cubs for shortstop Ivan de Jesus.

I don't think successfully managing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs would even the slate on that trade, but you have to love the irony.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 6:42 pm

Sandberg leaving Cubs

The Cubs didn't pick Ryne Sandberg as their manager and he chose not to return as the team's Triple-A affiliate in Iowa.

Sandberg has left the organization, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told reporters (via the Chicago Tribune). The Cubs offered the Iowa gig to Sandberg, but he turned it down.

"I don't think that was ever in his plans," Hendry said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 26, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 5:49 pm

Guillen interested in Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg Could Ryne Sandberg be in Chicago next summer anyway?

Ozzie Guillen brought up bringing in Sandberg to be his bench coach if Joey Cora gets the job as Milwaukee's manager.

"Sandberg is a great baseball man and I don't know him personally, but you need to hire a coach to help you win games," Guillen told "The Mully & Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM (via the Chicago Tribune ). "I say Ryno, after so many years playing in the big leagues and managing for a few years in the minor leagues, I don't see why not, to help you as a bench coach."

As upset as some Cubs fans were that Sandberg didn't get the manager's job with the Cubs, this could send them over the roof. And, maybe that's what Guillen is counting on just by bringing it up.

UPDATE: ESPNChicago.com reports Sandberg will not be on Mike Quade's Cubs staff. Sandberg has been told he can return to his job as the manager of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 20, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 1:11 pm

Hendry: Sandberg welcome back to old job

Ryne Sandberg
Ryne Sandberg was crushed to learn he was passed over for the Cubs' managerial job, and figured his time with the franchise was over. Speaking with the Chicago Tribune shortly after getting the bad news via telephone, Sandberg said, "I haven't been offered anything" with the organization.

But Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told the paper Wednesday that the Chicago legend is welcome to return to his previous job, managing the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa club.

"He is certainly welcome to return to Iowa," Hendry said. "We think he did a great job there. This was a very tough decision and one that I tossed and turned over. However, I love Ryne Sandberg and have tremendous respect for him."

That was news to Sandberg, who is continuing to seek interviews for managing jobs elsewhere, when reached by a reporter Wednesday.

"There was nothing offered to me yesterday," he said. "I was unaware that they wanted me back until I heard it from you. I guess it is an option. I'm going to take my time and see what is out there."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 3:17 pm

Quade hired as Cubs manager

Mike Quade Well, look at that.

Seems like interim managers do have a shot at keeping their job, however.

With the Orioles, Mariners and Marlins all either moving on or poised to move on from interim managers and Jerry Dipoto falling by the wayside as interim GM, it's not a good time to be interim anything.

Except if you're Mike Quade.

Originally hired as a placeholder to replace Lou Piniella and make sure Ryne Sandberg didn't get thrust in a lose-lose situation, Quade instead ran up a 24-13 record as a 53-year-old behind the Cubs bench.

That's enough to stave off Sandberg, the prohibitive favorite. Quade is now the permanent manager of the club, as the Cubs' website reports .

Quade will receive a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season, with a news conference held at 4 p.m. EST announcing Quade.

Quade will begin his ninth year in the organization as skipper after serving as Piniella's third-base coach for four seasons. He previously managed Triple-A Iowa (where Sandberg now manages) from 2003-06.

It's not yet known whether Sandberg will leave the organization.

UPDATE : Sandberg has decided to look for a job outside of the organization, he tells the Chicago Sun-Times .

"I just digest it today and just kind of change my focus and change my way of thinking a little bit," he said, "and see if there’s another opportunity out there somewhere to manage at the major league level or coach at the major league level."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:51 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm

Wedge interviews in Chicago

Eric Wedge The Cubs interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge, ESPNChicago.com reported .

The report notes interim manager Mike Quade and Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg have already interviewed with Tom Ricketts, the team's chairman of the board. Wedge had previously interviewed with general manager Jim Hendry.

Bob Melvin is also said to be a candidate for the job and may have interviewed, as well.

Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09 and was the American League Manager of the Year in 2007.

Wedge's name has been up for just about every managerial opening this offseason.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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