Cardinals To Interview Ryne Sandberg

The Cardinals have asked the Phillies for permission to interview Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg for their managerial opening, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The Phillies have granted the Cardinals permission to speak with the Hall of Famer, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com (on Twitter).

The Cubs, Sandberg's former team, are also looking for a new manager, but they want a candidate with big league coaching or managing experience, which appears to rule Sandberg out. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa retired this week, kicking off St. Louis' managerial search.

The Cardinals have had Hall of Fame-caliber managers in the dugout for the past 31 seasons. Whitey Herzog has a plaque in Cooperstown and Joe Torre and La Russa, the Cardinals' only other full-time managers since 1980, are strong candidates to be inducted into the Hall of Fame themselves. Sandberg, who entered the Hall of Fame in 2005, would continue the Cardinals' tradition of high-profile managers.


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58 Comments on "Cardinals To Interview Ryne Sandberg"


David McCutcheon
3 years 9 months ago

Oh boy.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t know if he’ll get the job or not but would be  pretty neat to see him manage there after Hendry screwed him.

Bobby P
3 years 9 months ago

God damn Hendry! He keeps haunting this organization…

3 years 9 months ago

Yeah pretty sweet to see the Cards make the Phillies look like idiots again too.

Wow are you even a Phils fan?  If you’re fine with Dusty Manuel as manager and Ruben Epstein as GM I guess we can expect more of the same.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

If by more of the same you mean watching my team win 102 games and make the playoffs, yeah I’m fine with that.

Like the GM who acquired Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Hunter Pence (in that order).

Traded for John Mayberry Jr, signed Jose Contreras (who was our best reliever in 2010), signed Pedro Martinez, among other pretty good moves… not sure what your beef is with him. Other than the fact I think you’re trying to troll me.

… and he’s pretty anti sabrmetric so the “Ruben Epstein” is a pretty bad comparison.

Do I think Charlie Manuel is a great manager? I don’t agree with him but I can’t sit here and say he’s bad because the Phillies aren’t World Champions.

Do I want to see Sandberg manage the Phillies? Yes. Do I think he’ll be a good manager? Yes. But who knows if he will or not? I’m just saying it would be cool to see him manage the Cardinals after the Cubs screwed him over… just adds to the lore and would add a lot to those match ups.

… and the Cardinals made a lot of great teams look silly in the post season.

… also if you could clarify how the Cardinals interviewing the Phillies AAA manager makes them look like idiots, it would be well appreciated. The Phillies can find someone else to replace Charlie Manuel… nobody thought he’d manage them to a title. They’ve come out and said they want him to have a shot in the major leagues…

(if it seems like I’m going on a homer rant, I apologize… just thought it was a dumb comment).

Dave
3 years 9 months ago

I’d rather him get a shot at the Cubs job.   Not sure I want a former Cub as a Cardinals manager even if he is a hall of famer who may or may not be a good manager. 

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, I was just thinking myself that this is kind of like Jeter managing the Red Sox after he retires.

Shu13
3 years 9 months ago

I so hope the Cards steal Ryne from the Cubs(yes I know he’s a Phils 3A manager) like the Angels stole Scioscia from the Dodgers…

Scioscia was said to not be ready and the Dodgers wanted a mgr w/ ML exp like the Cubs are saying they want….

Nick Novak
3 years 9 months ago

Are the Cardinals TRYING to get all Cubs fans to hate them?

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t think they have to try.

Matt Talken
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t they already hate the Cardinals?  I mean, I thought that was the point of a 100+ year rivalry.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Cardinals better not ruin my dream of Phillies stealing Sandberg back from the Cubs to win a Championship as a Manager.

3 years 9 months ago

Wow the Phillies have done everything but roll the red carpet for the Cardinals in the last 5 weeks.

Travis White
3 years 9 months ago

I laughed really hard at this and one of my coworkers gave me a bad look. Technically, they have been rolling out the red carpet for the last eight years, because Ryan Howard was one of the guys to tell Freese he should return to baseball when he was in college

3 years 9 months ago

But Freese actually knows how to make contact on pitches low and away without looking like Helen Keller at the plate.

3 years 9 months ago

I don’t mind this idea at all.  I’ve talked to a guy who played under him and said he was great.  Plus, who’s to say it’s not an interview to be the hitting coach?

3 years 9 months ago

If the Cubs sign Pujols, I’d have to say “touchee'”

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

You’re going to be so excited you’re going to touch yourself?

Andy_B
3 years 9 months ago

I love this move as an FU you to the Cubs, but really it’s gotta be Ocquendo.  The cards won the world series, we aren’t a team that needs to shake things up.  Continuity should be the goal.

3 years 9 months ago

But Oquendo has zero experience managing at any level… I think that would be more of a shake up than hiring someone with managerial experience…

I’m by no means an expert, but everything I’ve read about Ryno has been positive. He’s been successful at every level. He is respected by his players. He manages with an intensity. Couple all of this with the fact that it’s a huge slap in the face to the Cubs and I think it could be a great fit. Let him manage along side a great pitching coach in Dave Duncan, thus easing some of the stress of the actual management position and I think he could be a great both now and for the future of this organization.

3 years 9 months ago

Zero experience managing at any level? He managed in the minor leagues before becoming a bench coach for the Cards and managed Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009. How would promoting your third base coach of 12 years to manager be a bigger shake up than hiring an outsider who has also never managed at the big league level?

brstreet9
3 years 9 months ago

To add to what you are saying…Oquendo played for a number of years under another great, White Rat…then a few more under Joe Torre, then his long coaching stint under LaRussa, so he has extensive training under three current/future HOF managers. I think that would merit a lot of consideration.

3 years 9 months ago

I believe Oquendo has also managed in the Winter League.  His managerial experience in the World Baseball Classic has already been mentioned and the fact that he played for Whitey and coached under Tony.  That, in my opinion, is a decent list of qualifications.  Besides, the organization knows him.  Remember when Mo was hired.  The Cardinals wanted to go out and get a GM that could transition the organization into the future and they hired from within.  Oquendo knows what the organization is looking for and the direction they want to go.  Besides, being a first year manager could get him on the cheap salary wise, which is a plus.

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 9 months ago

I’d say Mozeliak will put careful consideration into everyone that interviews for the Cards managerial position.  He won’t hire Oquendo just for continuity’s sake and won’t hire Sandberg just to give an FU to the Cubs.  He will pick whoever he thinks will give the Cards the best shot to win and keep winning.  I doubt any of us know enough about the candidates to make a wise decision on that without personally interviewing each of them.
I gotta trust that whatever decision Mo makes will be best for the club.

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 9 months ago

NO ME GUSTA!!!! :(

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 9 months ago

Come on really?! Theo, i heard good things about you but man, at least interview Ryno!! he knows the farm well, he has coached most of them, the guys coming up in the near future won a championship under him. (Daytona) i will be very disappointed if the cubs don’t give him a chance this year. not to mention that he will bring in fans during this dry patch we are about to have!

3 years 9 months ago

I’ll trade you 1 Sandberg for 1 Pujols

nathanalext
3 years 9 months ago

This just wouldn’t seem right at all. Not that I care or anything.

stl_cards16
3 years 9 months ago

No! Let the Cubs have him.

3 years 9 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

3 years 9 months ago

Really? I hope this is just us kicking the tires on some old models. 

jhfdssdaf
3 years 9 months ago

As a Cardinals fan who lives and works in Chicago, I gotta say – if Sandberg gets hired I’ll have the biggest ****-eating grin of all time when walking in to the office…

Wainwrights_Curveball
3 years 9 months ago

Haha amen to that. I’m a Cards fan who lives and works in Chicago as well and I think this would be hilarious.

Mikey Roederer
3 years 9 months ago

If the Cardinals hire Sandberg then as a cubs fan I will be frustrated, but glad that at least he is getting a chance. I’ve seen him manage at just about every level, and must say he looks to be more than competent..Good luck Ryno, I can’t wait to see the reaction when he comes back to Wrigley, will it be Cheers or Jeers??

Wete
3 years 9 months ago

Aziz sums my feelings up best:
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