Ryne Sandberg Opens Up About Being Left Out


Within the past couple of months, there has been a new sense around baseball reporters and some fans that Ryne Sandberg would return to the Cubs organization as their next major league manager if current manager Mike Quade is indeed fired after this season. After the Cubs decided to go with Quade over Sandberg, general manager Jim Hendry left the door open for Sandberg to return to the Cubs organization. Hendry insisted that Sandberg was welcomed to be the Iowa Cubs manager again, but Sandberg chose to fill the same capacity with the Philadelphia Phillies. No surprise, but things did not go down the way that Hendry said they did.

Sandberg opened up to the Chicago Sun Times about what really transpired during the Cubs search for a new manager:

‘‘[Cubs general manager] Jim Hendry called me on a Tuesday to say I did not get the job in Chicago,’’ Sandberg said last week before his IronPigs beat the Pawtucket Red Sox. ‘‘Which, later on, I was not surprised about. Because later on, he mentioned I wasn’t even the third or fourth guy in line. There was no other job offering other than, ‘We’d like you to come to spring training, hit a couple of fungoes and walk around.’ At that point, I knew it was time to move on.

‘‘I said I was talking to somebody else that has an appealing job for me to stay on the path I’ve chosen.’’

So not only was Sandberg passed up by Hendry in his search for the next Cubs manager, the Cubs icon wasn’t even among the finalists. That would mean that Sandberg finished behind the likes of Quade, Bob Melvin, and Eric Wedge. That doesn’t really surprise me. Ever since Quade was named manager and not Sandberg, it always seemed that there was something that went on between Hendry and Sandberg that interfered with Sandberg being named the major league manager. The whole situation did not add up. When Hendry first hired Sandberg there was believed to be an understanding between the two that Sandberg would grow through the Cubs’ farm system, and when ready, become the Cubs’ manager. Sandberg succeeded at every level in the Cubs’ farm system, and was named minor league manager of the year while with the Iowa Cubs last season. The next logical step would have been for Sandberg to replace Lou Piniella as the Cubs’ manager, but he was spurned by Hendry who went with Quade.

Sandberg will indeed be a major league manager at some point, but there is a good chance that it won’t be with the Chicago Cubs. Or at least, not until Hendry is replaced at the general manager’s position. While Sandberg did not directly say he has an issue with Hendry, it is implied through his comments that he is not too fond of the Cubs’ general manager.

If chairman Tom Ricketts decides to replace his general manager and manager, then I’m sure Sandberg will be considered by Ricketts as an option for the Cubs’ next manager. Until that happens, though, the chances of Sandberg returning to the Cubs’ organization are slim to none.

 

 

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  • klc72365

    @cubsbuzztap They will be sorry………Remember the GM that didn’t resign Maddux?

  • klc72365

    @cubsbuzztap They will be sorry………Remember the GM that didn’t resign Maddux?

  • mixandmatch

    Unfortunately even if Hendry and Quade are let go there’s too much that happened while Sandburg was with the cubs that might block his coming back at this time. What happened was not Sandburg’s fault as fa as we know. Sandburg was successful on the field and as a manager in the minor leagues with the cubs. He’s been successful with the Phillies. I’m sure there will come a time when he is a successful major league manager. It’s a shame that it isn’t with the cubs.

  • mixandmatch

    Unfortunately even if Hendry and Quade are let go there’s too much that happened while Sandburg was with the cubs that might block his coming back at this time. What happened was not Sandburg’s fault as fa as we know. Sandburg was successful on the field and as a manager in the minor leagues with the cubs. He’s been successful with the Phillies. I’m sure there will come a time when he is a successful major league manager. It’s a shame that it isn’t with the cubs.

  • Luke Blaize

    Sandburg with both manage in the majors and manage for the Cubs. His first major league job may not be with the Cubs… and given the state of the Cubs right now that’s probably a good thing for Ryno… but he’ll be here.

    If he doesn’t mange the Cubs under Hendry, it will be because Hendry doesn’t offer him the job, not because he turns it down. I maintain that if the Cubs called him up and offered him the manager’s job now, he’d be on a plane before the Cubs could hang up the phone. But I think the same could be said for the other 29 teams.

    That said, I really hope he isn’t the next manager of the Cubs. The Rickett’s family is thought to like Sandburg, so if the Cubs change the team President and GM this winter, he might be, but I think Ryno dodged a bullet when he didn’t get the 2011 job. I think they’d be a better team under the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man than they are under Quade, but I don’t think John McGraw could get this team to within ten games of .500. Let’s wait until 2013 or 2014 to bring in Sandburg. By then the farm system should be up, the bad contracts should be gone, and there should be plenty of money available for free agents as needed.

  • Luke Blaize

    Sandburg with both manage in the majors and manage for the Cubs. His first major league job may not be with the Cubs… and given the state of the Cubs right now that’s probably a good thing for Ryno… but he’ll be here.

    If he doesn’t mange the Cubs under Hendry, it will be because Hendry doesn’t offer him the job, not because he turns it down. I maintain that if the Cubs called him up and offered him the manager’s job now, he’d be on a plane before the Cubs could hang up the phone. But I think the same could be said for the other 29 teams.

    That said, I really hope he isn’t the next manager of the Cubs. The Rickett’s family is thought to like Sandburg, so if the Cubs change the team President and GM this winter, he might be, but I think Ryno dodged a bullet when he didn’t get the 2011 job. I think they’d be a better team under the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man than they are under Quade, but I don’t think John McGraw could get this team to within ten games of .500. Let’s wait until 2013 or 2014 to bring in Sandburg. By then the farm system should be up, the bad contracts should be gone, and there should be plenty of money available for free agents as needed.

  • GrantM

    If we try to wait until 2013 or 2014 to nab Sandberg, chances are someone else will beat us to the punch. Given that he’s a fan favorite and that he’s shown he can manage a (minor league) team, I feel confident that he’d do a better job than Quade, and that the fanbase would be a bit more patient with him than they’ve been with Quade (many of whom wanted Sandberg to be the new manager in the first place). Not saying he’d take us from 5th to 1st in his first season as manager, but I think there would be definite improvement, and Ryno’s history with the club would give him the kind of leniance with the fans that no other manager would enjoy.

  • GrantMichalski

    If we try to wait until 2013 or 2014 to nab Sandberg, chances are someone else will beat us to the punch. Given that he’s a fan favorite and that he’s shown he can manage a (minor league) team, I feel confident that he’d do a better job than Quade, and that the fanbase would be a bit more patient with him than they’ve been with Quade (many of whom wanted Sandberg to be the new manager in the first place). Not saying he’d take us from 5th to 1st in his first season as manager, but I think there would be definite improvement, and Ryno’s history with the club would give him the kind of leniance with the fans that no other manager would enjoy.

  • bboliger

    @mixandmatch

    First off, Hendry is gone at the end of the season. Unless the Cubs win 28 out of the next 30 games, he can start packing his bags. Ricketts has to fire him if he wants the fans to buy season tickets. Fans will not put up with another Hendry led offseason.

    With Hendry out Quade is sure to follow quickly. Thank goodness, and send all his coaches with him, including the overrated Rudy J. Sandberg will be the frontrunner for the job. Ricketts wanted him this year but Hendry wanted Quade and Ricketts deferred to the GM. I don’t think he’ll do that this time. Ryno’s bad blood is with Hendry who he felt went back on his word. What Hendry did to Sandberg was bush league. Even if he didn’t want him as the manager he should have made it clear he wanted him to manage the Triple A team.

    We need a coach who can work with young players, is a proven winner, is a teacher, and will make sure the game is played the right way. No more throwing to wrong bases, and horrible base running, and dogging it in the field and on the bases. I think Sandberg is the perfect candidate for this team but there are other guys who would fit. Brenley could possibly be a good fit.

    Until then I’m counting the days until Hendry is gone and we get a top notch GM in here to turn this garbage around.

  • bboliger

    @mixandmatch

    First off, Hendry is gone at the end of the season. Unless the Cubs win 28 out of the next 30 games, he can start packing his bags. Ricketts has to fire him if he wants the fans to buy season tickets. Fans will not put up with another Hendry led offseason.

    With Hendry out Quade is sure to follow quickly. Thank goodness, and send all his coaches with him, including the overrated Rudy J. Sandberg will be the frontrunner for the job. Ricketts wanted him this year but Hendry wanted Quade and Ricketts deferred to the GM. I don’t think he’ll do that this time. Ryno’s bad blood is with Hendry who he felt went back on his word. What Hendry did to Sandberg was bush league. Even if he didn’t want him as the manager he should have made it clear he wanted him to manage the Triple A team.

    We need a coach who can work with young players, is a proven winner, is a teacher, and will make sure the game is played the right way. No more throwing to wrong bases, and horrible base running, and dogging it in the field and on the bases. I think Sandberg is the perfect candidate for this team but there are other guys who would fit. Brenley could possibly be a good fit.

    Until then I’m counting the days until Hendry is gone and we get a top notch GM in here to turn this garbage around.

  • mixandmatch

    @bboliger

    I’m all for getting Sandburg as manager but he’s with the Phillies now and is tasting some success there. If not Sandburg, then I think Brenley would be good as well. But do the Ricketts want someone who tells it as it is? I hope so because if it be Sandburg or Brenley, or whoever, they have a lot to clean up after Hendry and Quade.

  • mixandmatch

    @bboliger

    I’m all for getting Sandburg as manager but he’s with the Phillies now and is tasting some success there. If not Sandburg, then I think Brenley would be good as well. But do the Ricketts want someone who tells it as it is? I hope so because if it be Sandburg or Brenley, or whoever, they have a lot to clean up after Hendry and Quade.

  • Luke Blaize

    I’d rather the Cubs keep Rudy Jaramillo. He is one of the best hitting coaches in the game, and he’s already had a positive effect on the Cubs. In an organization that tends to produce free swingers, he is one of the few guys who seems to believe the hitters should go to the plate with a plan. I want Vitters in Chicago ASAP largely so he can start working under Jaramillo. Now, he by himself is not enough to turn the Cubs into an offensive juggernaut, but he will be a very good influence on the younger players as they start to arrive.

  • Luke Blaize

    I’d rather the Cubs keep Rudy Jaramillo. He is one of the best hitting coaches in the game, and he’s already had a positive effect on the Cubs. In an organization that tends to produce free swingers, he is one of the few guys who seems to believe the hitters should go to the plate with a plan. I want Vitters in Chicago ASAP largely so he can start working under Jaramillo. Now, he by himself is not enough to turn the Cubs into an offensive juggernaut, but he will be a very good influence on the younger players as they start to arrive.

  • LouCub

    @Luke Blaize I’m with you on Rudy, Luke, the guy is the best in the business…I wish Larry Rothschild was still here, Riggins can’t hold a candle to him…He’s like Quade, another Hendry cronie and after what Ryno has disclosed, Hendry’s a liar and I want him gone

  • LouCub

    @Luke Blaize I’m with you on Rudy, Luke, the guy is the best in the business…I wish Larry Rothschild was still here, Riggins can’t hold a candle to him…He’s like Quade, another Hendry cronie and after what Ryno has disclosed, Hendry’s a liar and I want him gone

  • sdcoddi

    Cubs need to bring in cashman as GM, and then look to pry away larussa and duncan from st. louis.

  • sdcoddi

    Cubs need to bring in cashman as GM, and then look to pry away larussa and duncan from st. louis.

  • mixandmatch

    The cubs need someone like Sandburg or Brenley, not larussa.

  • mixandmatch

    The cubs need someone like Sandburg or Brenley, not larussa.

  • kingdomusa

    I think Rick Hahn of the White Sox should be our next GM. He has Cub blood. Gillick would be a nice President to guide the team into the future. Ryno is the key as he would bring in a staff of former Cubs. Quade was hired because of being our asst. GM’sRandy Bush’s college room mate. They are all Hendry “YES MEN”. Jimbo is not a team player & has lost a lot of respect in the way he handled Ryno. He was afraid of ryno’s popularity & had more success than quade in the minor leagues in a shorter period of time. How did Quade ever get selected to the allstar game coaching staff is beyond reality to me. Ryno is on his way to his 3rd “Manager of the Year” award, a 1st place finish in the International AAA league, and a winning record. I hope the “good ole boy” is over soon. If Ricketts can’t figure out that all of cubs nation wants CHANGE, then he is the biggest fool in all of baseball. Don’t let your “love feelings” for Jimbo stand in your way for the future & sanity of cub fans nation-wide.

    The fan base is the biggest in all of baseball & their eyes & ears are waiting for your next MAJOR decision. Remember, Quade is a true VETS coach & that is not what you need to build a winner right now. Give the rookies a chance to show what they can do, not just a 1 or 2 game tryout. Get rid of the clowns who run this circus & lets get back to winning again.

  • kingdomusa

    I think Rick Hahn of the White Sox should be our next GM. He has Cub blood. Gillick would be a nice President to guide the team into the future. Ryno is the key as he would bring in a staff of former Cubs. Quade was hired because of being our asst. GM’sRandy Bush’s college room mate. They are all Hendry “YES MEN”. Jimbo is not a team player & has lost a lot of respect in the way he handled Ryno. He was afraid of ryno’s popularity & had more success than quade in the minor leagues in a shorter period of time. How did Quade ever get selected to the allstar game coaching staff is beyond reality to me. Ryno is on his way to his 3rd “Manager of the Year” award, a 1st place finish in the International AAA league, and a winning record. I hope the “good ole boy” is over soon. If Ricketts can’t figure out that all of cubs nation wants CHANGE, then he is the biggest fool in all of baseball. Don’t let your “love feelings” for Jimbo stand in your way for the future & sanity of cub fans nation-wide.

    The fan base is the biggest in all of baseball & their eyes & ears are waiting for your next MAJOR decision. Remember, Quade is a true VETS coach & that is not what you need to build a winner right now. Give the rookies a chance to show what they can do, not just a 1 or 2 game tryout. Get rid of the clowns who run this circus & lets get back to winning again.

  • Luke Blaize

    @sdcoddi I’d love to have Duncan, but I’ll pass on LaRussa. Ten years ago, sure, but I think he’s getting a little close to retirement.

  • Luke Blaize

    @sdcoddi I’d love to have Duncan, but I’ll pass on LaRussa. Ten years ago, sure, but I think he’s getting a little close to retirement.

  • Luke Blaize

    @kingdomusa Don’t forget, Quade had some very good minor league credentials of his own. Two-time Manager of the Year, 3 Championships, and over a 1000 wins is pretty good resume. There is no doubt Quade was perfectly qualified for the Chicago Cubs job.

    He just isn’t very good at it.

    I wouldn’t give Sandburg much credit for the Phillies AAA team this year either. They are by far… and it really is not close… the oldest team in the league.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/league.cgi?id=32f7732e

    There are some prospects there, but it is mainly a group of AAAA players and minor league veterans. Similar, to be honest, to the Iowa team Sandburg has last year. He’s winning a lot of games… third best record in the league is a credit to him… but I wouldn’t give him too much credit. A team that is that old should be winning most of their games in the minors.

    Sandburg will get a crack at the majors, and he will get a crack at the Cubs, but I think when we add some context, his success this season is a little more pedestrian than at first glance.

  • Luke Blaize

    @kingdomusa Don’t forget, Quade had some very good minor league credentials of his own. Two-time Manager of the Year, 3 Championships, and over a 1000 wins is pretty good resume. There is no doubt Quade was perfectly qualified for the Chicago Cubs job.

    He just isn’t very good at it.

    I wouldn’t give Sandburg much credit for the Phillies AAA team this year either. They are by far… and it really is not close… the oldest team in the league.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/league.cgi?id=32f7732e

    There are some prospects there, but it is mainly a group of AAAA players and minor league veterans. Similar, to be honest, to the Iowa team Sandburg has last year. He’s winning a lot of games… third best record in the league is a credit to him… but I wouldn’t give him too much credit. A team that is that old should be winning most of their games in the minors.

    Sandburg will get a crack at the majors, and he will get a crack at the Cubs, but I think when we add some context, his success this season is a little more pedestrian than at first glance.

  • OwenPower

    I agree with almost everything everyone said…Quade needs to go now! SandBERG (why do u all spell it wrong) Will get his shot as soon as DONUT is gone!

  • OwenPower

    I agree with almost everything everyone said…Quade needs to go now! SandBERG (why do u all spell it wrong) Will get his shot as soon as DONUT is gone!

  • mixandmatch

    SANDBERG!

  • mixandmatch

    SANDBERG!