Ryne Sandberg Not Pleased with Cubs Managerial Interview Process – Wrigley Field 11/16/10

Posted on 16 November 2010 by Lou

Ryne Sandberg was recently named the Manager of the Phillies Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley of the International League.  When asked about the Cubs managerial interview process, he seemed to indicate that he didn’t thnk that the Cubs took his candidacy that seriously.  Here are a few of his quotes:

“Well, you know what, obviously there was disappointment at the end.  As I look back and see everybody involved in the interview process, I think the most games anybody saw me manage was 4-5 games, by everybody that I talked to.  Based on that, I don’t know how I would hired for a job if nobody saw me doing my job elsewhere.  That was kind of a disappointing part of the whole thing.  But now that I see it, it’s very obvious with the process and the final choice… I did what I had to do.  I had a good season.  I progressed through the farm system.  I’m not saying I totally paid my dues, I don’t want to go there, because I don’t know what paying the dues is, how many years that means.  Becasue there are guys who do it a lot more.  Deep down I felt I did what I had to do, and had fun at it, and was good at it.  I had some confidence right down to the end, but looking back at it, I see things a little differently… I just enjoyed my interview with the Phillies… They talked about organization.  They talked about team.  And they used the word ‘we’ a lot.  They also said I would be working hand in hand with the big club, whatever is needed.  There will be phone calls quite often, maybe even every other day from the major-league club.  That connection, and that confidence in me in helping them and be a part of it is something I’m excited about.”

WOW – Sandberg seems pretty bitter right now, but I think he is in a much better situation than if he WAS hired as the Cubs major league manager.  With the Ricketts continuing to slash payroll, things are going to be pretty ugly for a little while on the North Side…

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