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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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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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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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June 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FIVE WEEKS AGO, the Phillies began a Memorial Day weekend series in Washington. After taking batting practice at Nationals Park on the first day, they complained about the slow jams - slow, sappy music - their National League East opponents had played through the stadium's speakers during visiting batting practice. So, yesterday, when Washington came to South Philly for the first time since the two teams last met, the Phillies returned the favor. Bluegrass music during Nationals batting practice.
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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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July 29, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE NARRATIVE surrounding Ryne Sandberg since his resignation as Phillies manager a month ago seems to lack the appropriate outrage. After all, how could a man walk away from a once-in-a-lifetime job? Perhaps there was an underlying family issue. Perhaps Sandberg has a personality disorder, or some ingrained shortcoming, that made the daily grind of major league leadership too much to bear. The Phillies visited the Cubs this weekend, the organization with which Sandberg became a Hall of Fame second baseman . . . and the organization that, after four years of watching him do splendid work in the minors, refused to give him a chance at managing in the major leagues.
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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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July 29, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE NARRATIVE surrounding Ryne Sandberg since his resignation as Phillies manager a month ago seems to lack the appropriate outrage. After all, how could a man walk away from a once-in-a-lifetime job? Perhaps there was an underlying family issue. Perhaps Sandberg has a personality disorder, or some ingrained shortcoming, that made the daily grind of major league leadership too much to bear. The Phillies visited the Cubs this weekend, the organization with which Sandberg became a Hall of Fame second baseman . . . and the organization that, after four years of watching him do splendid work in the minors, refused to give him a chance at managing in the major leagues.
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July 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four days after accepting the Phillies' interim managerial position upon Ryne Sandberg's abrupt resignation, Pete Mackanin accepted a bigger role from the front office on Tuesday. Mackanin, 63, will serve as the team's interim manager for the rest of this season. It's the third time he has performed such a role: He did so in 2005 for the Pittsburgh Pirates when Lloyd McClendon was fired and in 2007 for the Cincinnati Reds when Jerry Narron was let go. "I think it's got to be a record: three different teams having this title, interim manager.
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June 29, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
WHEN THE national reporters begin making mysteriously authoritative proclamations about your bosses' feelings concerning your job performance, you needn't possess a persecution complex to sense the skids being greased. Yesterday, Ryne Sandberg did what many proud, financially ambivalent men would have done in his situation. He left before the inevitability of his leaving became awkwardly obvious. The result was a remarkable press conference that featured a stunned general manager, a silent president, and a gigantic elephant invited by the outgoing manager and ignored by the other two men. The Phillies might be the worst team in the major leagues, but man, do they make it interesting.
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June 29, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the Chicago Cubs bypassed Ryne Sandberg for a managerial vacancy immediately after Sandberg had been voted the triple-A Pacific Coast League's manager of the year for that organization in 2010, the back-channel reason given was that the Cubs didn't want to be in the position of having to fire a franchise legend. What general manager Jim Hendry, a protege of former team president Andy MacPhail, didn't explain, however, was why the Cubs were so sure they would have to. Sandberg never got the opportunity to be a franchise legend with the Phillies, the team that drafted him in 1978, but it is where he did get his chance to manage a major-league team, such as it was. That tenure ended Friday, when Sandberg resigned his position 22 months after replacing Charlie Manuel.
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June 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FIVE WEEKS AGO, the Phillies began a Memorial Day weekend series in Washington. After taking batting practice at Nationals Park on the first day, they complained about the slow jams - slow, sappy music - their National League East opponents had played through the stadium's speakers during visiting batting practice. So, yesterday, when Washington came to South Philly for the first time since the two teams last met, the Phillies returned the favor. Bluegrass music during Nationals batting practice.
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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 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 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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