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“Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Tuesday that Sandberg will be considered, but Sandberg would not say he expects to get the job. "I don't go that far," he said. "I understand there's a process. I wouldn't say I would expect it, but I sure would like to be considered and hope that's the case. "Things have gone very well here in the minor leagues. We have a good minor league system, as we can see with the younger players coming up. I believe I know these players as well as anybody, I've been around them, I've coached them, they're moving up the ranks. There are guys here at Triple-A and Double-A knocking on the door to the big leagues. I believe I know the system very well. It's been a great experience, and I'm ready for that next step." Sandberg said he was caught a little by surprise by the news Tuesday. "It hit here [with the Iowa Cubs] like a wildfire," he said. "It caught me a little bit by surprise. "Lou's been in this game a long time. He's done a lot of things. He's done everything in baseball you can imagine, and he's entitled to retire if he thinks that's what he wants to do. There was a lot of attention here, and it was kind of interesting."
There is a lot to managing, and with almost four years under my belt, I believe I'm ready. I'm not interested in on-the-job learning or on-the-job training. At this point, I'm interested in winning ballgames at the major league level.” -- Ryne Sandberg