I was able to speak to Ryne Sandberg on Monday as he had a teleconference with the media after being named the Phillies' Triple-A manager. Sandberg said he had no regrets about leaving the Cubs' organization.
"I didn't think it was in the Cubs' or my best interest to stay in the organization at this time," he said. "It also would not have been fair to Mike Quade, either, if the perception was I was waiting for him to fail in Chicago and waiting for the axe to fall."
Sandberg was asked about his experience as a Cubs minor-league manager.
"Initially, I felt like a fish out of water, when I first took the manager's job at [Single-A] Peoria [in 2007]," he said. "But it didn't take me very long to know this is what I wanted to do, and managing was going to be it for me."
After finishing second to Quade for the Cubs job, Sandberg said he did some quick soul searching trying to decide on the best path for his future.
"After four days, I had a lot of time to change my way of thinking," he said. "It didn't take me long to focus on what other direction I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to stay in the game, and that was it."
Sandberg said he had no preconceived ideas about what he'll be doing in baseball after taking the Phillies job.
"There's no timetable for the future," Sandberg said. "I take this job with no guarantees, and I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Sandberg said he also interviewed for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A job before taking the Phillies position.