The Phillies have hired Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg to manage their Triple A Lehigh Valley club, the team announced Monday morning. Speculation has swirled for the past week as former Iowa Cubs manager and former Cubs Hall of Fame player Ryne Sandberg was passed over to succeed Lou Pinella as Chicago Cubs manager. Mike Quade got that job in a recent announcement despite Sandberg managing at all minor league levels in the Cubs system.
Sandberg, 51, spent the last four seasons managing in the Chicago Cubs system. In 2010, he was the Pacific Coast League’s manager of the year after leading Triple A Iowa to an 82-62 record. Sandberg left the Cubs organization after being passed over for the organization’s major-league managing job this fall.
Sandberg began his major-league career with the Phillies in 1981 and went on to make 10 National League all-star teams after being traded to the Cubs. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
PSB confirms an ESPNDeportes.com report that the Phils and reliever Jose Contreras are close to an agreement on a two-year contract worth $5 million. This solidifies the bullpen trio of Brad Lidge, Ryan Madsen and Contreras will again spearhead the Phillies relief corps in 2011. It is very likely the Phillies will be in the market for a top flight lefty on the free agent market – possibly Brian Fuentes, Pedro Feliciano or Scott Downs. No word yet from the GM Winter Meetings in Orlando about other deals that are being discussed. http://prosportsblogging.com/mlb-baseball/philadelphia-phillies/phillies-quietly-restocking-for-2011/
Coaches Week In other Phillies coaching news, Juan Samuel was hired to replace Davey Lopes as the team’s infield/outfield instructor and baserunning instructor as well as third base coach. Former third base coach Sam Perlozzo is slated to move to first base despite rumors that former Phillies manager Larry Bowa could return to Citizens Bank Park. Joining Sandberg in AAA could be former Phillies player Mickey Morandini who is a veteran minor league instructor and possibly former Phillies hitting instructor Milt Thompson. Greg Gross had been promoted from AAA Lehigh to supplant Thompson during 2010. John Russell is also rumored for these positions with the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs but it will be Sandberg’s decision now that he is manager.
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