Sandberg named Phillies manager

Ryne Sandberg. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Ryne Sandberg was named the 52nd manager in Phillies history prior to the final home game of the 2013 season on Sunday. The 54-year-old Sandberg signed a three-year contract with a club option for 2017. 

Sandberg had spent the previous five weeks as the interim manager. He can move forward in the final week of the 2013 season knowing where he'll be in 2014.

"I’m ecstatic to say the least," said Sandberg, who was originally drafted by the Phillies before spending the majority of his Hall of Fame playing career with the Chicago Cubs. "I’ve worn a Phillies uniform before and in some ways it’s full circle for me."

Entering play Sunday, the Phillies were 18-16 since Sandberg took over managerial duties from Charlie Manuel.

Sandberg began the 2013 season as the third base coach on Manuel's coaching staff. It was the third season with the Phillies organization after spending two years as the manager for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Sandberg managed for four seasons in the Cubs minor league system before joining the Phillies. 

"We are ecstatic as an organization to have Ryne Sandberg lead us on the field over the next several years and for the foreseeable future," general manger Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I just sat down a couple minutes ago to let the players know and the energy in the room was extraordinary. I’m kind of excited about it frankly. This is a man who has worked his way through the minor leagues and he has unbelievable Hall of Fame credentials, but I think more importantly than that, he’s a very, very good baseball man. I think he’s going to carry us forward and do what’s necessary to put another ring on our finger and that’s really the goal to get back and be a world champion and I think we have a great start with Ryne Sandberg at the helm."

Sandberg and Amaro will meet within the next week to begin to put together the rest of the 2014 coaching staff.


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