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Did Cubs GM turn his back on Sandberg?

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06:30 AM ET 10.20 | f you don't want to catch a trophy fish, you shouldn't go fishing. Jim Hendry dropped a line in the water the day in the fall of 2006 when he suggested Ryne Sandberg learn how to be a baseball manager by going back to the minor leagues, a trip Hall of Fame players almost never make. He seemed happy Sandberg took him up on the offer, agreeing to manage low-A Peoria, four rungs away from where he wanted to be, at Wrigley Field. But it seems crystal clear now Hendry never considered Sandberg as a legitimate managerial possibility, for reasons known only to the Cubs' general manager.

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October 20, 2010  06:42 AM ET

Reasons this team is perennially pathetic is also only known to the Cubs GM.

October 20, 2010  07:21 AM ET

Good Luck Ryno wherever you end up.

October 20, 2010  07:53 AM ET

they talk about cubs culture, and how they want to have people who are orginazational guys, and how they want homegrown talent, etc. etc... and then they turn there back on guys like sandburg, girardi ( twice) ..... is that not hypocritical?? it seems hendry wants all the attention... who knows what goes through that peabrain of his... they will never win with him as g.m.. and whats with the ricketts?? it's starting to seem to me all they care about is the all mighty dollar...

October 20, 2010  08:13 AM ET

Ryno dude. There are plenty of other teams out there.

October 20, 2010  08:18 AM ET

Based on the Cubbies' results with Quade as manager over the last 37 game, he should be considered a miracle worker! Deftly using the questionable talent provided by Jim Hendry, Mike Quade compiled a winning record just a tiny fraction under 65 per cent! Tom Ricketts noted that Quade's record was "the second best record in the majors over that period". In my own opinion, finishing close to being best is certainly a perfect attribute for a new Cubbie manager.

Additionally, Quade will manage at a much lower cost than Ryne Sandberg or Joe Giradi would have. That fits well with Rickett's desired to reduce the Cubbie payroll which was the highest in the National League last year.

October 20, 2010  08:43 AM ET

Sandberg or Girardi will one day manage the Cubs, this is only a temporary thing..Hendry will be gone within a year or two, the Ricketts will have recovered some from Hendry's ridiculous spending and the youth the Cubs have now will have matured...now all they need is to tear down the "bowl" section of Wrigley and rebuild it.

October 20, 2010  09:48 AM ET
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you can have Girardi, if you want him...

Yankee fans already have the torches lit and are waving pitchforks after last night.

October 20, 2010  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yankee fans already have the torches lit and are waving pitchforks after last night.

No. He had a learning curve his first year. He stopped his experiments the second. he is a good manager, particularly with the bullpen, but...he has not shown greatness. Doubt it has anything to do with last night in particular.

October 20, 2010  10:16 AM ET
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No. He had a learning curve his first year. He stopped his experiments the second. he is a good manager, particularly with the bullpen, but...he has not shown greatness. Doubt it has anything to do with last night in particular.

They lost last night. Losing with that lineup points fans towards the manager, whether he had anything to do with it, or not.

October 20, 2010  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

They lost last night. Losing with that lineup points fans towards the manager, whether he had anything to do with it, or not.

That lineup was not fully healthy.
you are right that that is a natural reaction, but I doubt that Yanks fans are throwing Girardi under the bus. You might find one or two, but all fan bases have idiots. Girardi has done a good job. that does not mean that there are not better options out there.

October 20, 2010  10:43 AM ET

ok, maybe the new owners are just as stupid as the last. First, lets not get a former Cub and NW alum. Second, lets tell the greatest Cubs 2nd baseman of all time what he needs to do to get the manager's job, and then choose the iterim who was playing with house money at the end of a lost season. WTMF?

October 20, 2010  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

ok, maybe the new owners are just as stupid as the last. First, lets not get a former Cub and NW alum. Second, lets tell the greatest Cubs 2nd baseman of all time what he needs to do to get the manager's job, and then choose the iterim who was playing with house money at the end of a lost season. WTMF?

And that..........is why they are the Cubs

October 20, 2010  10:56 AM ET

Ryno...set an interview up with Doug Melvin. Maybe you can have a shot at beating the Cubs in your own Division to prove em wrong.

October 20, 2010  12:03 PM ET

It is pathetic and wrong that the Cubs organization would treat Ryne Sandberg this way. He has done everything ever asked of him and how do they treat him?

Ryne Sandberg is the definition of CLASS and TEAM that the Cubs sorely needed instead of the transplants they've been flailing away with the last decade.

The man they gave the job to has been a part of the Cubs for a bit, but he's not what the Cubs need. The Cubs need to believe in themselves and that their administrators also believe in them.

This was a HUGE step in the WRONG DIRECTION.

Dumb Cubs.

October 20, 2010  12:34 PM ET

here is the thing, the cubs are a mess right now and it would be wrong to put ryno in there until the ship is righted. quady is a temporary bandade until the GM is fired, some of the veteran contracts and players that have underachieved are gone and they are ready to truly re-build. at that point, ryno would have a fair chance to suceed. you can't put a bunch of hope on a new manager when the roster and GM are still the same. that being said, pinellia was awful... he didn't actually "manage" anything. just kept sending the same players out there to just play. he never hit an ran, stole etc. it took some comments from ssteve tone to open his eyes to play the hot hand such as colvin. remmeber the year fox and hoffpaur were tearing it up but he stuck with soriano all year. i am glad he is gone but, we need an overhaul on the roster as well and until they are able to do it, then they should get a legit long term answer as a manager who has a fighting chance to do something. hopefully ryon knows this and knows that the timing is awful right now. enjoy triple A and when the timing is right, the job is yours

October 20, 2010  01:19 PM ET

I am ashamed that I am a Cubs fan. They have, again, disappointed me with their managerial choice. No wonder they haven't won anything in over 100 years. Their decision making is archaic. Ryno, you're better off somewhere else. The Cubs will be nothing but losers until Ricketts "gets a clue" and first, gets rid of Hendry, his signing of Milton Bradley alone should have put him in the unemployment line. The way I see it, until Hendry is gone, we don't have a chance in hell of winning anything.

October 20, 2010  02:11 PM ET

It doesn't matter who the manager is. The team, as it is made up right now, will not win anything in the near future. The Cubs need some of their terrible contracts to come off the books, and then make some moves. But that won't happen for a few years.
By the way, put me in the "Fire Jim Hendry" line. The fact he is still employed is amazing.

October 20, 2010  03:15 PM ET

I really wanted Sandberh to be the manager, but then the more I thought about it, he's probbaly better off. If this year was a wash for the cubs, next year can only be worse, he could be up for the position again this time next year, with what will hopefully be a better roster in the works.

Taking the job now would more then likely just set him self up to have a tarnished manager record, just like current cubs coach Allan Trammel. He can barely get a look anywhere now after being in charge of that awful tigers team. Same with Van Slyke, don't go out of your way to get that Pirates job, its a risk that could end up costing you any chance at future managerial openings.

October 20, 2010  05:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#22):

I really wanted Sandberh to be the manager, but then the more I thought about it, he's probbaly better off. If this year was a wash for the cubs, next year can only be worse, he could be up for the position again this time next year, with what will hopefully be a better roster in the works. Taking the job now would more then likely just set him self up to have a tarnished manager record, just like current cubs coach Allan Trammel. He can barely get a look anywhere now after being in charge of that awful tigers team. Same with Van Slyke, don't go out of your way to get that Pirates job, its a risk that could end up costing you any chance at future managerial openings.

Good advice.

 
October 20, 2010  07:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Based on the Cubbies' results with Quade as manager over the last 37 game, he should be considered a miracle worker! Deftly using the questionable talent provided by Jim Hendry, Mike Quade compiled a winning record just a tiny fraction under 65 per cent! Tom Ricketts noted that Quade's record was "the second best record in the majors over that period". In my own opinion, finishing close to being best is certainly a perfect attribute for a new Cubbie manager.Additionally, Quade will manage at a much lower cost than Ryne Sandberg or Joe Giradi would have. That fits well with Rickett's desired to reduce the Cubbie payroll which was the highest in the National League last year.

Your opinion is biased. Sandberg is a big crybaby just like you, and you only come here to slap it while you type your "Cubbie" nonsense. You're probably a fan of Andy Dick, too!

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