Sandberg Gets the Job

Ryne SandbergRyne Sandberg finally got his dream job.

The Phillies will announce at an 11:30 a.m. news conference today at Citizens Bank Park they have removed the “interim” label from Sandberg’s job title to make him Phillies manager. Sandberg becomes the 52nd manager in franchise history.

Sandberg replaced Charlie Manuel on an interim basis Aug. 16, but Sandberg has impressed the organization in that time. The Phillies are 18-16 under Sandberg, no small feat for a team that is 25th in baseball averaging 3.84 runs per game, 26th in baseball with a 4.30 ERA and 27th in run differential at minus-121.

It is not a surprise Sandberg got the job. Everybody in the world seemed to know it would happen. The only mystery remained when the Phillies would make the announcement.

They decided today would be the day.

Sandberg, who spent six seasons managing in the Minor Leagues to get a big-league opportunity, has received high marks from players in the clubhouse.

“Ryno is positive,” Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said Wednesday. “He’s always talking during the game. He’s definitely into the game, and guys respect him for that. He’s given a lot of guys an opportunity to play, which is nice. So far he’s done a great job.”

“There’s definitely a way he wants to do things,” Roy Halladay said earlier this month. “He’s set a tone early, and my guess would be that’s going to continue. He may even have more changes come Spring Training that he wants to see and that he wants to do. I think sometimes that can be a good thing, just to shake things up and make things different to where it’s not the same everyday routine. But he definitely has a way he wants to do things. It’s good that he’s not afraid to do it the way he wants to do it. If you’re going to do something, whatever job you do, you do it to the best of your ability and the way you want to do it and let everything take care of itself. I think he’s done that.”

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Excellent — Thank you for making Ryne Sandberg the MANGER of the Phillies.

Great move! Now get Bowa as a coach; there will be no complacency on this team next season.

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I hope Sandberg gets along with the new GM.

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Amaro would do well taking instruction from Ryne Sandberg. The first order — hire Larry Bowa.

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It will be interesting to see who will be on his coaching staff next year. Wonder if anyone from the Manuel staff will stay on.

What is this fixation with Larry Bowa?

There is a lot of speculation that Sandberg will take Bowa on as part of his staff. You can’t deny his baseball knowledge. I only wonder if his aggressive approach has a place in today’s game.

And will Bowa even want the job? I DO think he’s mellowed, a little, with age. I actually like his post-game analysis, on ‘PHL 17.

I guess some phans are taking the “good-cop-bad-cop” approach to fixing the team’s woes. Bowa would be the “bad cop”, the guy who gets in the faces of the slackers and yells at players for making bone-headed plays on defense or swinging at lousy pitches in hitter’s counts. Yeah, that would work. lol

I wonder if the Phils could get Orel Herschiser to be the pitching coach, assuming Dubee’s days are numbered…

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