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Is Ryne Sandberg in line to manage Phillies?

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10:16 AM ET 06.23 | Ryne Sandberg sold his three-bedroom unit in a vintage building in downtown Chicago in March. He had listed it a year earlier, less than six months after Cubs President Theo Epstein handed Dale Sveum the job Sandberg always wanted when he was riding busses and airplanes around America as a manager in the Cubs' farm system. Baseball's most brilliant executive, Pat Gillick of the Phillies, was among those who dug into Sandberg's background trying to learn why his own organization had bypassed him in favor of Mike Quade and Sveum. He came away impressed with Sandberg, as did the Cardinals when he finished as runner-up in the search that led to Mike Matheny being picked to replace Tony La Russa. All signs point to Sandberg's time coming soon. Added to the big-league staff as third base coach after an offseason purge claimed three of Charlie Manuel's coaches, Sandberg is along on the Phillies' expensive ride to nowhere this season. If they are smart, they will trade Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon before the July 31 deadline. Then they will figure a way to finesse the lineup card out of Manuel's stubborn grip, setting themselves up for their next run behind a new manager. Manuel's contract is up after the season, and he can make Amaro fire him. Or he can do the right thing, which is to say he has had a great run and it's time to move into a different role. That's when Sandberg steps in and we find out if Hendry and Epstein were right not to make the easy decision.

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June 23, 2013  10:32 AM ET

I like Charlie Manual. Wouldn't bother me to have him stay on with the Phillies. But when the goin get's rough it's gonna be the coach that goes. Charlie hasn't exactly endeared himself with Philly media (who can) and when you win those outbursts are funny and when you're losing then you've lost your mind. Charlie has been a great baseball man. I hope they at least let him finish out the year.

June 23, 2013  10:52 AM ET

Epstein wanted to separate himself and his new regime from those 84 Cubs and the whole disappointing past that came with it. He wanted no ties to that past generation of Cub teams that produced absolutely nothing. Can't blame him there. Sandberg may be a decent up and comer, but he is nothing that couldn't be replaced by another qualified manager.

June 23, 2013  10:55 AM ET

The Day they let Charlie go, he moves into Trump Towers on Fifth Ave, You know where that is don't you!!!

June 23, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Epstein wanted to separate himself and his new regime from those 84 Cubs and the whole disappointing past that came with it. He wanted no ties to that past generation of Cub teams that produced absolutely nothing. Can't blame him there. Sandberg may be a decent up and comer, but he is nothing that couldn't be replaced by another qualified manager.

Good post. Thoughtful. Sandberg is like the back up QB right now as the team is losing. The fans all scream for him because they have not seen him play yet....Really though, a manager is the Phillies least problem. It doesn't change the players..

June 23, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Day they let Charlie go, he moves into Trump Towers on Fifth Ave, You know where that is don't you!!!

Fifth Avenue?

June 23, 2013  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Good post. Thoughtful. Sandberg is like the back up QB right now as the team is losing. The fans all scream for him because they have not seen him play yet....Really though, a manager is the Phillies least problem. It doesn't change the players..

Exactly, no manager can win without talent on the field.
The Phillies took the expensive FA gamble and lost; time to clean house and rebuild.

June 23, 2013  01:46 PM ET
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Fifth Avenue?

What City?

June 23, 2013  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Epstein wanted to separate himself and his new regime from those 84 Cubs and the whole disappointing past that came with it. He wanted no ties to that past generation of Cub teams that produced absolutely nothing. Can't blame him there. Sandberg may be a decent up and comer, but he is nothing that couldn't be replaced by another qualified manager.

Correct, he chose to align himself with the failed Brewers teams of the past instead.

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June 23, 2013  06:30 PM ET
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Correct, he chose to align himself with the failed Brewers teams of the past instead.

See. Did it work or what?

June 23, 2013  06:40 PM ET

Theo Epstein passed on Ryne Sandberg, who won at every level for the Cubs as a manager, for Dale Sveum, who's resume was being the hitting coach of a juicer and a guy who could clobber the ball in major league stadiums at 8, has lost 100 games, and is on pace to lose 100 more. Not to mention Epstein left a Red Sox team that was pretty much in shambles before he took off. Maybe Theo isn't the greatest judge of character?

June 23, 2013  10:33 PM ET
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Correct, he chose to align himself with the failed Brewers teams of the past instead.

Better to have some new blood than to have an icon of their losing ways from the past. Epstein came to try and erase those painful reminders of those do nothing Sandberg teams. Like I said, Sandberg is a fine managerial prospect, but he is no more special than most other candidates

June 24, 2013  02:47 AM ET

Ryne Sandberg will make a fine manager, instilling professionalism and fundamentals with the added bonus of his HOF resume (making even the most selfish prima dona player take a moment's pause). His biggest hurdle will not be running a club: it will be playing the politics involved with doing so. I don't think anyone questions his ability to coach players, win (which is all he did as a minor league manager), or eliminate mistakes. The Cubs (in hindsight) were foolish to hire on Dale Sveum (whose own political probelms have neutered Starlin Castro's development and left his admittedly thin bullpen horribly utilized).

June 24, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Ryne Sandberg will make a fine manager, instilling professionalism and fundamentals with the added bonus of his HOF resume (making even the most selfish prima dona player take a moment's pause). His biggest hurdle will not be running a club: it will be playing the politics involved with doing so. I don't think anyone questions his ability to coach players, win (which is all he did as a minor league manager), or eliminate mistakes. The Cubs (in hindsight) were foolish to hire on Dale Sveum (whose own political probelms have neutered Starlin Castro's development and left his admittedly thin bullpen horribly utilized).

Care to elaborate on your "Sveum's political problems neutering Castro's development'?

Castro needs to grow up, be consistent in the field and show restraint in the batters box.

 
June 24, 2013  06:47 PM ET
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In fairness, Sandberg should get a chance. He has paid his dues.

But he should be a Cubs manager ,,,why not? After all he loves the Chicago cubs:-) :-) :-)

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