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June 19, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WE'D REACHED the part of the process where we were supposed to ask the manager solemn questions about his future, and Ryne Sandberg seemed to understand that as he sat in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. The Phillies were coming off an embarrassment that had been brewing for months, a 19-3 loss in which a starting pitcher strained a hamstring covering home, a reliever gave up five home runs, a rightfielder threw 48 pitches, and a pitching coach was forced to wave the white towel - literally - because the bullpen phone was off the hook.
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November 25, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Ryne Sandberg needs a ride. His wife, Margaret, reserved the light blue SUV, the couple's lone vehicle at this moment - for errands on a serene autumn afternoon in the desert. Sandberg examines the 19 olive trees that line his property. They are blooming. Their pilfered seeds blacken the grass because, wouldn't you know it, the Sandbergs have a quail problem. Errant golf balls sometimes litter the immaculate backyard. The 13th hole sits a short wedge beyond Sandberg's fence.
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August 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - There will come a point, Ryne Sandberg said, when the Phillies manager can discuss a playing-time strategy with his boss, Ruben Amaro Jr. At least, that is what Sandberg expects. The Phillies entered Friday on pace for 71 wins; their odds at a postseason berth were calculated at 0.2 percent, according to FanGraphs.com, but not small enough to force Amaro into a conversation about the future. "Not yet," Sandberg said. He laughed. "So the challenge continues. " The manager's position is not an enviable one. He must balance expensive contracts with sensitive personalities and executives' wishes.
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October 21, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg will make his second big-league debut with the Phillies in April and it will be fascinating to see where this career path leads him. The last time Sandberg debuted in a Phillies uniform, he was a 21-year-old infielder launching what became a Hall of Fame career. It became a painful experience for the Phillies and their fans to witness. Sandberg's resumé was crafted in Chicago after Cubs general manager Dallas Green persuaded his former team to "throw in" the young infielder as part of a deal that shipped shortstop Larry Bowa out of Philadelphia.
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February 18, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There is a Hall of Fame second baseman in camp with the Phillies, and Chase Utley is well aware of the man's presence. "I'd be dumb not to pick his brain," Utley said. So Utley and Ryne Sandberg will talk often, Utley promised. Outside observers would say there are plenty of similarities between the players. They hadn't met before this spring, but Sandberg's hiring as the franchise's triple-A manager created an opportunity. During spring training, Sandberg will work with the major-leaguers in camp before heading off to Allentown.
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March 17, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - Concerns come and go in spring training. One day you're worried about Michael Young's defense at third base and the next your focus is on Roy Halladay's velocity and command. We'll get a better idea about Halladay's issues Sunday when he pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Bright House Field. As for Young's defense, it's officially OK to stop worrying about it. Young, acquired in a trade from the Texas Rangers in December, had started just 64 games at third base the last two seasons and made 19 errors in his last full season at the position, 2010.
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October 23, 2012
WHEN I WAS hired at this place, way back in 1992, the sports editor painted me a rosy picture. I could write features for a while, cover baseball for a while, and when the columnist nearing retirement age got there, why I could slip right into that spot if I showed the right stuff. I wound up earning the position, which is the way you want get a job anyway. Last month, I got a call from the local sportstalk station, WIP, which said it had lost its pooh-bah, or at least it thought it had, and would I like to try the gig. I said sure, what the hey, but after a few weeks someone asked (begged?
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August 18, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg is ready to return to the big leagues. "Oh, I'm ready," the Hall of Fame second baseman said last week as he sat in the dugout at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. "In my mind, I'm ready for a major-league opportunity. " Good luck trying to find somebody who does not agree. Sandberg has spent six seasons as a minor-league manager, including the last two with the Phillies' triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate, and the time has come for him to take the next step. You won't hear Sandberg say that.
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June 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg's tortured tenure as manager of the Phillies during one of their most woeful times - which is really saying something - ended Tuesday in Baltimore when Chase Utley openly berated the pitching coach, and by extension Sandberg, for a clumsy bit of strategy that was failing badly. What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored.
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June 11, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
SOON AFTER he was hired to run the Chicago Cubs in the fall of 2011, Theo Epstein named Dale Sveum to be his manager. As the Brewers' hitting coach, Sveum had a reputation not just for developing young hitters, but for being a tough, no-nonsense type and requiring accountability from those who played for him. The Cubs needed that discipline as their organizational philosophy veered toward perennial restocking and patience, much as the Phillies have...
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June 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the surprising resignation of manager Ryne Sandberg on Friday, the Phillies' Pete Mackanin finds himself in a familiar role: interim manager. Mackanin, who had been the third base coach, is now in Sandberg's seat. This is the third time that the 63-year-old has been an interim manager. "We are trying to make this as seamless as possible," Mackanin said. No one has a timetable on how long Mackanin will hold the job. "Right now we will allow Pete to take over and move forward from there," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
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June 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stoic, old-school manager, Ryne Sandberg showed some emotion Friday in his last day with the Phillies. Sandberg, 55, arrived at Citizens Bank Park at 10 a.m. and then dropped a bombshell on his bosses: He was walking away from this season of endless frustration and consistent losing. Third base coach Pete Mackanin was named the interim manager, the third time he has been in the position. With a 26-48 record entering Friday, the Phillies had the worst mark in Major League Baseball, and the pain from managing a team that last produced a winning season in 2011 was clearly evident.
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June 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg could see the Phillies' future and he knew it did not include him. Given those circumstances, the manager accused of lacking the communication skills necessary to do his job at the big-league level decided to relay a clear and surprising message to his bosses when he arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Friday at about 10 a.m. The Hall of Fame second baseman took the elevator up to the executive offices and informed general manager Ruben...
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June 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - The most jarring thing about the Phillies' after-midnight news Tuesday night that saw Chase Utley in the manager's office, standing alongside the assistant general manager and head team athletic trainer, wasn't that the oft-injured, 36-year-old second baseman was being placed on the disabled list with a right-ankle injury. It was that the news appeared to completely blindside manager Ryne Sandberg. About 8 hours earlier, before the game, the manager was asked if he had to have a difficult conversation with Utley, who was hitting under .180 and was out of the lineup for the third time in the last five games.
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June 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz has seen his recent playing time diminish as Cameron Rupp has gotten hot, but it hasn't affected the attitude of the veteran Phillies catcher. Ruiz, who was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the New York Yankees, said he is thinking of the team first. No one has benefited more than Rupp, who was in the starting lineup for the third straight day and the fifth game in the last seven. "He has been awesome," Rupp said of Ruiz before the game at Yankee Stadium.
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June 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Cesar Hernandez started at second base last night for the fifth time in the last eight games. Chase Utley, who was out of the lineup in two of the previous three games, was also penciled into manager Ryne Sandberg's batting order. But eventually Sandberg won't have the luxury of the designated hitter to balance playing the younger, developing infielder (Hernandez, a career .294 hitter in the minor leagues) while also not benching the franchise icon (Utley, the unofficial leader of the 2007-11 era)
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June 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It is no secret that Chase Utley has struggled through the first 70-plus games of this season, and that his contract status for next year hinges on his reaching 500 plate appearances during this one. But despite the 36-year-old second baseman's sub-.200 average and the Phillies' rebuilding status, manager Ryne Sandberg said Utley's vesting option for 2016 will not factor into his decision-making with the team's lineup. Utley entered the series opener Monday night at Yankee Stadium hitting .182, the worst average among 164 qualified major-league hitters.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE BOOS rained down from a good portion of the 30,000 fans in attendance when manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout with his lineup card in hand and two outs in the sixth inning. The Phillies were ahead by four runs, for the first time since May 23, no less, but the faithful let the much-maligned manager hear it. They wanted 25-year-old lefthander Adam Morgan to have a chance to get out of a jam in his first major league appearance, but Sandberg had other ideas.
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June 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was the top of the second inning and there was cheering in the press box. Pat Gillick, the president of the worst team in baseball, had just watched Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, second baseman Cesar Hernandez and catcher Cameron Rupp team up for an unconventional double play that cut down a St. Louis Cardinals base runner at home. "Hell of a play," Gillick said as he stood and clapped during a conversation with a reporter. When the Phillies used four hits, including a couple of doubles, to score three times in the bottom of the second inning off Cardinals ace Michael Wacha, Gillick's emotions surfaced again.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN CATCHER Cameron Rupp asked Adam Morgan if he was nervous before taking the mound yesterday at Citizens Bank Park, the first time as a major leaguer, Morgan said "not yet. " Making his MLB debut, on Father's Day, in front of his dad, Wiley, and other family members, did the nerves ever arrive? "Honestly, not really," Morgan said. "It was more anxious and excited to see how my stuff played. Asking these guys some first-time advice about their debuts, and they're like, 'Don't look up.' Rupp did a good job just telling me, 'Just me and you playing catch.' That's what I did. I didn't look up and played a game of baseball.
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