Chicago Cubs: Ryne Sandberg
November, 21, 2011
Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesIt appears Ryne Sandberg will have to wait a bit longer for his major league dream.Ryne Sandberg is sticking with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The former Chicago Cubs great will return for a second year as manager of Philadelphia's Triple-A team, philly.com reported on Monday.
New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told Sandberg that he would not be considered for the managerial opening that was filled by Dale Sveum. Sandberg was passed over by then Cubs general manager Jim Hendry in favor of Mike Quade the year before.
Sandberg did interview with the rival Cardinals to replace Tony La Russa this offseason, but that job went to Mike Matheny.
Sandberg had been clear in recent years that he would like to someday manage the Cubs and has worked his way up from the low minors. But after success throughout the organization, the Hall of Famer didn't get the top job and decided to accept an opportunity with the team that drafted him, the Phillies.
He led the IronPigs to their first ever postseason berth last season, making it all the way to the championship before losing.