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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Bob Brenly: Ryne Sandberg looks ready

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Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly may have provided some insight into why he withdrew from the team's managerial search when he talked about the time it might take for the team to break its World Series drought, and the pressure the next manager will face if it is not Ryne Sandberg.

"It's no secret that the fan sentiment out there is for Ryne Sandberg to get this job, and certainly it appears he's done everything the organization wanted him to do as far as fulfilling his minor-league obligations," Brenly said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "And it seems it's time for him to get his chance at the big-league level.

"Now that being said, I think [interim manager] Mike Quade has done an outstanding job with this club over the last month and a half. But for whoever it is, if your last name isn't Sandberg, you're going to have that cloud hanging over your head. The first time the ballclub loses two games in a row, the uproar is going to start."

Brenly, who managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title, said he can comprehend the magnitude of being the first Cubs manager to win a World Series since 1908. But he doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

"If you're that guy who takes the Cubs to the Promised Land, your ticket is punched for the rest of your life," he said. "That is a highly attractive proposition.

"But I think it may take a while for that ticket to get punched for whoever the manager is.'

Brenly said he would love to return next season as the Cubs' television color analyst, and his passion for that job contributed to his decision not to manage the Cubs.

"What I'm doing right now is the best job in the world," he said. "If something came along that would take me back down on the field and give me an opportunity to possibly get to the postseason and maybe win another World Series, I would absolutely listen to what people had to say.

"If that never happens, I'm perfectly content to stay in the booth."

Brenly said it appears Sandberg, Quade and Joe Girardi are considered the favorites to manage the Cubs next season, but he did say general manager Jim Hendry has so many connections that it could turn out to be someone who hasn't been mentioned.