Phillies Hire Hall of Famer Sandberg to Manage Triple-A Affiliate IronPigs

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was hired by the Philadelphia Phillies to manage their Triple-A affiliate after the former second baseman was overlooked by the Chicago Cubs.

Sandberg, 51, will manage the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the International League, the Phillies said in a news release.

Sandberg managed in the Cubs’ minor-league system for the last four seasons. In 2010 he led Triple-A Iowa to a tie for the best record in Pacific Coast League’s Northern Division, earning the league’s Manager of the Year Award.

He was a candidate for the Cubs’ manager job this offseason after Lou Piniella announced his retirement in August. That job was given to Mike Quade, who took over for Piniella on an interim basis to close out the season.

Sandberg was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 after a 16-year Major League Baseball career that concluded in 1997.

He was drafted by the Phillies in the 20th round of the 1978 amateur draft, playing 13 games for the major-league club in 1981 before being traded with Larry Bowa to the Cubs for Ivan de Jesus.

Sandberg won nine straight Gold Gloves from 1983-1991 and was the National League Most Valuable Player in 1984.

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