When I think about things I want the Cubs to accomplish this off-season this is one of the most important ones to me personally.  You have to understand that Ryne Sandberg is my favorite Cubs of all time.  Can you imagine Derek Jeter retiring and going to coach the Red Sox???? I can’t!  But that is a possibility with Ryno being interviewed by the St. Louis Cardinals.  I truly believe that Jose Oquendo will end up as their manager, but until it’s official I am not happy about this nightmare of a situation.

With all of that said, I have several reasons for bringing back Ryno to the Cubs. First, we all know he won’t be our next manager.  Theo was upfront immediately and I respect that.  I’m sure Sandberg did too.  So, bring him back as a bench coach or minor league manager.  Here’s my reasons why.

1.  He knows what it takes to play all of those day games at Wrigley Field year after year.

2.  He managed from 2007-2010 in the Cubs minor league system and is very familiar with many of the players in the farm system and some that are already on the big league club.

3.  He’s had success in the minor leagues with the Cubs and last year with the Phillies Triple A team.

4.  He’s a Hall of Famer that swallowed his pride to manage in the minor leagues just to have this chance.

5.  Imagine him winning the World Series in 2012 as the manger of the Cardinals!

Those are just a few reasons with the last one indicating that the world will end next year!



  1. azinneck

    I don’t follow many of the managerial moves teams make, especially during the off-season, but I hope, for Cubs fans sake, he ends up back in Chicago in some capacity. And absolutely not in St. Louis: it’s strange to see guys who spend a bulk of their career with one team play/manage/etc for a rival…
    As for reason #5…I can’t imagine Cubs fans reacting in a positive way if that were to happen. (Though, I certainly would prefer not to see the Cardinals win the World Series next year, no matter who’s managing them!)

  2. Red State Blue State

    There’s no way he would come back as a bench coach or guy on the side. He has been very clear that he wants to be a Big League manager. And he’s done a superb job in the minors. What else does he have to prove? He needs to be given a shot and I do hope the Redbirds reel him in 😉

    • strictlycubsbaseball

      Jeff, I couldn’t agree with you more. Someone will give him a shot and I think he will be a success. If the Redbirds do reel him in I am predicting a great tenure as manager.


    • strictlycubsbaseball

      I agree Emma. It’s not like he’s some bum. I think in order for the Cubs to win they need to bring back guys who truly know what it is like to play all the day games at Wrigley. Sandberg does.

  3. This is a very simple game...

    It’s just weird that the Cubs won’t give Sanberg a shot. And while I agree with letting Sanberg know this so he doesn’t feel jerked around again, making this knowledge pubic seemed a little ick to me. Overtones of Mike Scioscia much? And we all know how much the Dodgers have loved that decision in the years that followed. But their loss was absolutely our gain.
    — Kristen

  4. sportsattitudes

    I can tell you those of us in Philly are glad to have him in our system…you never know…Uncle Charlie may want to shut it down in a year or two and Ryno could move up one rung on the ladder. I have no earthly idea why Chicago doesn’t want him to have a go at it…