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September 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies have an imperfect roster, which could lead to compromise for the 2015 season. But it is impossible to predict those decisions for various reasons. There is muddled leadership atop the organization; the team's convoluted public plan changes by the month; and the rest of baseball declared the Phillies' current assets either overvalued or inadequate. A discussion at the micro level - like how the Phillies could best utilize some of the flawed pieces they possess - is incomplete without the macro strategy.
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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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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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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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October 5, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first step toward Ryne Sandberg's becoming the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies was put into motion Thursday when the Hall of Fame second baseman was named the team's third-base coach and infield instructor. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied that was the intent after he recited the myriad changes to the coaching staff following the .500 season that ended the Phillies' run of five straight National League East titles. "We've made no promises to Ryne Sandberg," Amaro said.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It ended with one of those peculiar strikeouts in which bat actually makes contact with ball. After Jeff Mathis' sacrifice-bunt attempt rolled foul for the third strike, manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout and asked Kyle Kendrick for the baseball in the top of the seventh inning. Kendrick's night was over, and as he headed away from the mound, the smallish crowd at Citizens Bank Park gave him a nice ovation for a job well done during the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
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September 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The last Phillies player to arrive Monday at Petco Park, Jonathan Papelbon, marched straight into the manager's office. For 18 minutes, the crotch-grabbing closer explained his actions. "There was nothing for me to judge," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's not for me to judge. I just listened to hear what he had to say. " Less than two hours after that meeting, Major League Baseball deemed Papelbon's lewd gesture worthy of a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine.
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September 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - After grounding out to end the second inning, Domonic Brown returned to the Phillies dugout Monday with an idea. The Padres employed a rare shift against him, and Brown wanted to combat it with a bunt in his next at bat. When he did it in the fifth inning of a 1-0 Phillies loss, it just so happened to be the team's first hit. Andrew Cashner, who silenced the Phillies on 92 pitches, stared at Brown. "Excellent," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I'd like to see more of it. That's how you stop the shift.
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September 17, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Strange. That's probably the best word to describe the latest chapter in the Phillies' tumultuous 2014 season. Three hours before game time yesterday, Jonathan Papelbon ducked into the visiting manager's office at Petco Park for a chat with manager Ryne Sandberg. Two hours later, Major League Baseball suspended him for seven games. In between, there wasn't a whole lot of clarity on what, exactly, was going through Papelbon's head when he appeared to direct an exaggerated crotch-grab at a section of jeering fans behind the Phillies' dugout as he left the field after blowing his fourth save of the season Sunday afternoon.
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September 17, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Closer isn't the most relevant position on a last-place team. After all, his job requires that his team have a lead. But the odds say that the Phillies will have one of those at some point in the next week, and, at that point, Ryne Sandberg might treat the fan base to a glimpse at the future. While the manager has not detailed his plans for filling the void during the rest of Jonathan Papelbon's seven-game suspension for his crotch-grab on Sunday (he is eligible to return Tuesday in Miami)
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September 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The moment A.J. Burnett threw his first pitch in Tuesday's 5-4 Phillies loss, he made his impending decision harder. This, Burnett's 32d start, ensured the 37-year-old righthander $12.75 million for 2015 if he exercises a player option. And, like many of the 31 previous starts, Burnett's night ended in defeat. He allowed five runs (four earned) in 52/3 innings to suffer his 17th loss. That is the most for a Phillies pitcher since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997. Burnett has two more starts in 2014.
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September 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It ended with one of those peculiar strikeouts in which bat actually makes contact with ball. After Jeff Mathis' sacrifice-bunt attempt rolled foul for the third strike, manager Ryne Sandberg emerged from the Phillies' dugout and asked Kyle Kendrick for the baseball in the top of the seventh inning. Kendrick's night was over, and as he headed away from the mound, the smallish crowd at Citizens Bank Park gave him a nice ovation for a job well done during the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
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September 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies have an imperfect roster, which could lead to compromise for the 2015 season. But it is impossible to predict those decisions for various reasons. There is muddled leadership atop the organization; the team's convoluted public plan changes by the month; and the rest of baseball declared the Phillies' current assets either overvalued or inadequate. A discussion at the micro level - like how the Phillies could best utilize some of the flawed pieces they possess - is incomplete without the macro strategy.
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September 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies first-round draft choice in 2013, has made a favorable impression on manager Ryne Sandberg. Crawford was in Philadelphia on Friday to accept the Paul Owens Award as the Phillies minor-league position player of the year. Righthander Luis Garcia also received the award as minor-league pitcher of the year. Sandberg saw Crawford play last year in the Florida Instructional League. "He looked very athletic and looked like he had a lot of instincts," Sandberg said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.
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September 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is unfair to blame one Phillies hitter for another lame night, because Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano was that dominant Thursday in a 4-1 win. He struck out 10 batters on his first 75 pitches. He completed eight innings without permitting a runner to reach third base. But it is difficult to ignore one slumping Phillie, Ryan Howard. He walked twice and struck out two more times Thursday to make it 15 whiffs in 32 at-bats so far this September. He has one extra-base hit this month.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS will most likely not return to the lineup on the current homestand, but he should return sooner rather than later, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg said yesterday afternoon that tests on Rollins' left hamstring revealed a mild strain. The manager said his veteran shortstop was simply "day-to-day. " "A little bit better than it looked [Monday] night," said Sandberg, who had to replace Rollins before the fifth inning, a half inning after the 35-year-old infielder legged out his fourth triple of the season.
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