Everything you need to know about Ryne Sandberg
Ryne Sandberg will be the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He takes over the job on an interim basis.
Sandberg will take over for Charlie Manuel, as it was announced that Manuel would no longer be the team’s manager in a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Sandberg has served as the team’s third base coach and infield instructor this season, and he brings an impressive pedigree with him to the skipper’s spot.
Sandberg, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, began his decorated career as a shortstop with the team he is about to take over in 1981, after being originally drafted by the Phillies in 1978.
His first stint with the Phillies was quite brief however, as he played in only 13 total games with the franchise before being shipped to Chicago for Ivan DeJesus before the 1982 MLB season.
Sandbert, or “Ryno” as he is sometimes referred, went on to become a ten time all-star and a nine time gold glove winner with the Cubs. He was also named the 1984 NL MVP.
Not surprisingly, the trade that shipped Sandberg to Chicago is viewed as one of the worst trades in Phillies history, as DeJesus played only three seasons in Philadelphia.
After an illustrious career that included close to 2,400 hits and over 1,000 RBI’s, Sandberg retired as a Cub in 1997.
Before re-joining the Phillies organization in 2010, Sandberg, 52 spent four years as a manager in the Cubs minor league system, leading his teams to two first place finishes.
His spot as the third base coach of the Phillies was his first major league coaching position. He spent his first two seasons with the organization as a manager for their triple-A affiliate, Lehigh Valley, where he led the team to their first playoff appearance.
He has compiled a managerial record of 439-409-1 (.517) in the minor leagues.
Sandberg’s stint as manager begins with tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.