The Info List - Ryne Sandberg

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* Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
(1981 ) * Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
(1982 –1994 , 1996 –1997 )


* Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
(2013 –2015 )


* 10× All-Star (1984 –1993 ) * NL MVP
(1984) * 9× Gold Glove Award
Gold Glove Award
(1983–1991) * 7× Silver Slugger Award
Silver Slugger Award
(1984, 1985, 1988–1992) * NL home run leader (1990) * Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
#23 retired




VOTE 76.2% (third ballot)

RYNE DEE SANDBERG (born September 18, 1959), nicknamed "RYNO", is an American former professional baseball player, coach , and manager . He played in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
as a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
and Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
for sixteen years (1981–1994 and 1996–97).

Sandberg established himself as a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991 . His career .989 fielding percentage was a major-league record at second base when he retired in 1997. Sandberg was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
National Baseball Hall of Fame
in January 2005 ; he was formally inducted in ceremonies on July 31, 2005. He resigned from his managerial duties for the Phillies on June 26, 2015, and was succeeded by Pete Mackanin .


* 1 Early life * 2 Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies

* 3 Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs

* 3.1 1984

* 3.1.1 "The Sandberg Game"

* 3.2 1990 * 3.3 1991 * 3.4 1992 * 3.5 1994 * 3.6 1996–1997

* 4 Post-playing career

* 4.1 Hall of Fame induction * 4.2 Number retirement

* 4.3 Managerial career

* 4.3.1 2007–2010

* 4.3.2 2011–2015

* Phillies manager

* 5 Managerial record

* 6 Personal life

* 6.1 Charity foundations

* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links


Born in Spokane, Washington
Spokane, Washington
, Sandberg's parents were Elizabeth, a nurse, and Derwent D. "Sandy" Sandberg, a mortician . He was named for relief pitcher Ryne Duren .

Sandberg was a three-sport star in high school at North Central and graduated in 1978. The previous fall he was named to Parade Magazine 's High School All-America football team, one of the eight quarterbacks, and one of two players from the state of Washington. The school's baseball field was named in his honor in 1985 as "Ryne Sandberg Field", and his varsity number was retired in both football and baseball.

Sandberg was recruited to play quarterback at NCAA Division I colleges, and eventually signed a letter of intent with Washington State University in Pullman . He opted not to attend after being selected in the 20th round of the 1978 baseball amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies


Sandberg made his major-league debut as a shortstop for the Phillies in 1981 . Playing for a total of 13 games, Sandberg had one hit in six at-bats for a .167 batting average during his brief playing stint for the Phillies. That one hit occurred at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
using a bat borrowed from starting shortstop Larry Bowa .

However, the Phillies didn't have much room in the lineup for him at the time. The Phillies didn't think he could play shortstop, and he probably would have had trouble dislodging Larry Bowa from that spot. While he'd seen time in the minors at both second and third base , he was blocked from those positions by Manny Trillo and Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt
, respectively. Accordingly, he was traded along with Bowa to the Cubs for shortstop Iván DeJesús prior to the 1982 season. The trade, now reckoned as one of the most lopsided deals in baseball history, came about after negotiations between Bowa and the Phillies broke down for a new contract.

Cubs general manager Dallas Green wanted a young prospect to go along with the aging Bowa (as it turned out, Bowa was out of baseball by 1985). Green had been instrumental in the Phillies drafting Sandberg in 1978, when working in the Phillies front office. The two have remained very close over the years. Years later, Phillies general manager Paul Owens said that he hadn't wanted to trade Sandberg, but Green and the Cubs weren't interested in any of the other prospects he offered, so he had gone back to his scouts, who said Sandberg wouldn't be any more than a utility infielder. However, Sandberg had hit over .290 in the minors two years in a row. The trade is now considered one of the best (if not the best) in recent Cubs history. At the same time, it is considered one of the worst trades in Phillies, if not MLB history; DeJesus, despite helping anchor the Phillies infield on their way to the 1983 World Series , last only three years in Philadelphia, and was out of baseball by 1988.

Sandberg is one of two Hall of Famers who came up through the Phillies farm system and earned their Hall of Fame credentials primarily as Cubs, the other being Ferguson Jenkins . Similarly, Jenkins was traded to the Cubs in another lopsided trade (a multi-player trade for pitchers Larry Jackson and Bob Buhl ).


The Cubs, who initially wanted Sandberg to play center field, installed him as their third baseman, and he went on to be one of the top-rated rookies of 1982. After the Cubs acquired veteran Ron Cey following the 1982 season, they moved Sandberg to second base, where he became a star.


After winning a Gold Glove Award
Gold Glove Award
in his first season at the new position, Sandberg emerged with a breakout season in 1984 , in which he batted .314 with 200 hits, 114 runs, 36 doubles, 19 triples, 19 homers , and 84 RBIs . He nearly became only the third player to collect 20 doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases in the same season, led the Cubs to the National League
National League
's Eastern Division title (their first championship of any kind since 1945 ), and won the National League
National League
Most Valuable Player Award , the first by a Cub since Ernie Banks ' back-to-back honors in 1958 and 1959 .

After his great season in which he garnered national attention, he wrote an autobiography Ryno with Fred Mitchell.

"The Sandberg Game"

Sandberg was the 1984 NL MVP

One game in particular was cited for putting Sandberg (as well as the 1984 Cubs in general) "on the map", an NBC national telecast of a Cardinals –Cubs game on June 23, 1984 . The Cubs had been playing well throughout the season's first few months, but as a team unaccustomed to winning, they had not yet become a serious contender in the eyes of most baseball fans.

As for Sandberg, he had played two full seasons in the major leagues, and while he had shown himself to be a top-fielding second baseman and fast on the basepaths (over 30 stolen bases both seasons), his .260-ish batting average and single-digit home run production were respectable for his position but not especially noteworthy, and Sandberg was not talked about outside Chicago. The Game of the Week, however, put the sleeper Cubs on the national stage against their regional rival , the St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams were well-established franchises with strong fan bases outside the Chicago and St. Louis areas.

In the ninth inning, the Cubs trailed 9–8, and faced the premier relief pitcher of the time, Bruce Sutter . Sutter was at the forefront of the emergence of the closer in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was especially dominant in 1984, saving 45 games. However, in the ninth inning, Sandberg, not yet known for his power, slugged a solo home run to left field against the Cardinals' ace closer, tying the game. Answering this dramatic act, the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the tenth. Sandberg came up again in the tenth inning, facing a determined Sutter with one man on base. As Cubs' radio announcer Harry Caray
Harry Caray
described it:

“ There's a drive, way back! Might be outta here! It is! It is! He did it again! He did it again! The game is tied! The game is tied! Holy Cow! Listen to this crowd, everybody's gone bananas! What would the odds be if I told you that twice Sandberg would hit home runs off Bruce Sutter? ”

The Cubs went on to win in the 11th inning, with the winning run being driven in by a single off the bat of Dave Owen . The Cardinals' Willie McGee , who hit for the cycle during the game, had already been named NBC's Player of the Game before Sandberg's first home run; Sandberg later shared that distinction with McGee. As NBC play-by-play announcer Bob Costas
Bob Costas
, who called the game with Tony Kubek ), said when Sandberg hit the second home run, "Do you believe it?!" The game is sometimes called "The Sandberg Game".


In 1990 , Sandberg led the National League
National League
in home runs–a rarity for a second baseman–with 40. Sandberg was only the third second baseman to hit 40 home runs; Rogers Hornsby
Rogers Hornsby
and Davey Johnson hit 42, and no American League second baseman had reached forty until Brian Dozier in 2016. Sandberg also batted in 100 runs, despite batting second in the order. His batting average did not suffer from his new level of power, as he finished at .306 for the season. Sandberg, Brady Anderson and Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds
are the only players to have both a 40-homer (1990) and 50-steal (1985 ) season during their careers.

Sandberg played a then major league-record 123 straight games at second base without an error. This record was later broken in 2007 by Plácido Polanco
Plácido Polanco
, then of the Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers
. Sandberg played in front of his hometown fans in the 1990 MLB
All-Star Game which was held in Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
, home of the Cubs. Sandberg won the Home Run Derby with three home runs over the left-field bleachers. Not until the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds
' Todd Frazier in 2015 did another player win the Home Run Derby in his home stadium .


In 1991 , Sandberg batted .291 with 26 home runs and batted in 100 runs for the second consecutive season. He also won his ninth consecutive Gold Glove
Gold Glove
at second base, breaking a tie he had shared with Bill Mazeroski for most Gold Gloves at that position (Roberto Alomar has since broken this record).


On March 2, 1992 , Sandberg became the highest paid player in baseball at the time, signing a $28.4 million ($48,469,244 today) four-year extension worth $7.1 million ($12,117,311 today) a season. He earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster and an NL Silver Slugger Award at second base with a .304 batting average, 26 home runs, 100 runs, and 87 runs batted in.


Sandberg, a notoriously slow early season starter, found himself struggling even more so than usual early in the 1994 season. With his average at a career low .238 and having recorded only fifty-three hits in fifty-seven games, Sandberg decided to step away from baseball and on June 13, 1994, he announced his retirement. In his book, Second to Home, Sandberg said,

“ The reason I retired is simple: I lost the desire that got me ready to play on an everyday basis for so many years. Without it, I didn't think I could perform at the same level I had in the past, and I didn't want to play at a level less than what was expected of me by my teammates, coaches, ownership, and most of all, myself. ”


Sandberg hits a double at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
, 1996

Sandberg returned to the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
for the 1996 and 1997 seasons, then retired with a career batting average of .285, and a record 277 home runs as a second baseman; this record was surpassed in 2004 by Jeff Kent
Jeff Kent


Initially, Sandberg kept a low profile after retiring. However, in 2005 , Sandberg accepted his first marketing deal since his retirement, agreeing to be spokesman for National City Bank . He also appeared on ESPN
Radio 1000 as an analyst during the 2004 baseball season. He is also a former baseball columnist for Yahoo! Sports
Yahoo! Sports


Sandberg delivered what many traditionalist fans considered a stirring speech at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2005. He thanked the writers who voted for him because it meant that he played the game the way he had been taught it should be played. He spoke several times of respect for the game, and chided a subset of current players who, in his opinion, lack that respect. Specifically, he spoke of how the game needs more than home run hitters, citing that turning a double-play and laying down a sacrifice bunt are weapons many of today's greats don't value. He also made a strong pitch for induction of his former teammate, Andre Dawson
Andre Dawson
, who was ultimately elected to join the Hall in 2010, and famously promoted the election of a long-snubbed former Cub to the Hall by saying, "For what it's worth, Ron Santo just earned one more vote on the Veterans Committee
Veterans Committee


Retired number at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field

Ryne Sandberg's number 23 was retired by the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
in 2005.

Following his Hall of Fame induction, Sandberg had his number 23 retired in a ceremony at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
on August 28, 2005 , before a Cubs game against the Florida Marlins
Florida Marlins
. He became only the fourth Chicago Cub to have his number retired, following respectively Ernie Banks (#14), Billy Williams (#26), and Ron Santo (#10). Since then, Ferguson Jenkins (#31) and Greg Maddux (also #31) have been retired. Sandberg has worn his uniform number 23 in past jobs as a Cubs spring training instructor and Peoria Chiefs
Peoria Chiefs
manager. He also wore that number during his time with the Iowa Cubs
Iowa Cubs
as their manager and as the manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Lehigh Valley IronPigs


Sandberg formerly served as a spring training instructor for the Cubs in Mesa, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona


Ryne Sandberg
Ryne Sandberg
with Tee Ball player in 2008

On December 5, 2006, Sandberg was named manager of the Cubs' Class-A Peoria Chiefs
Peoria Chiefs
in the Midwest League. In his first season as a manager, he took his team to the Midwest League championship game. In December 2008, Sandberg was promoted to manager of the Class Double-A Team Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee Smokies
in the Southern League. In December 2009, he was again promoted, to manager of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs
Iowa Cubs
. Upon leading Iowa to an 82–62 record, the Pacific Coast League
Pacific Coast League
named him its 2010 Manager of the Year .

Sandberg has said that his ideal job was to manage the Chicago Cubs. Former manager Lou Piniella
Lou Piniella
suggested that Sandberg, as manager of the Cubs' top minor-league affiliate, would be in the mix to replace him when he retired after the 2010 season. However, the position was given to interim manager Mike Quade .


On November 15, 2010, Sandberg left the Cubs organization and returned to his original organization as manager of the Phillies' top minor-league affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
. He led the IronPigs to their first-ever playoff appearance and the International League championship series. Baseball America named him its 2011 Minor League Manager of the Year.

After the 2012 season, Sandberg was promoted to third base coach and infield instructor of the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
. He was promoted to interim manager of the Phillies after they fired Charlie Manuel on August 16, 2013. Sandberg earned his first win as a manager against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday August 18, 2013.

Phillies Manager

Sandberg returns to dugout after presenting umpires with the lineup card for the Phillies' game on August 22, 2014

On September 22, 2013, Sandberg was named permanent manager, with a three-year contract, with an option for 2017. He became the first Hall-of-Fame player to manage a team full-time since Frank Robinson managed the Montreal Expos
Montreal Expos
/ Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
from 2002–2006.

On April 26, 2015, Sandberg earned his 100th win as a major league manager on a 5–4 win against the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
. Two months later, on June 26, 2015, Sandberg resigned from the position of Phillies manager with his team in last place in the National League
National League
East Division at a record of 26–48, the worst record in Major League Baseball .


As of June 24, 2015



Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
2013 2015 119 159 .428 DNQ

TOTAL 119 159 .428 0 0 –



Sandberg married his high school sweetheart, Cindy, and the couple had two children, Justin and Lindsey. They divorced in July 1995. Sandberg married Margaret in August 1995. She has three children from her former marriage, BR, Adriane and Steven. He also has eight grandchildren. Ryne's nephew, Jared Sandberg , was a third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays
from 2001–2003.


Sandberg and his wife, Margaret, founded Ryno Kid Care to assist in the lives of children with serious illnesses. The organization provided anything from "big brothers" (mentors and older companions) to a home-cooked meal. Ryno Kid Care also provided massage therapists and clowns dressed up as doctors and nurses to brighten the children's day.

Ryno Kid Care's mission was "dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with serious medical conditions and their families, by providing supportive, compassionate and meaningful programming." Ryno Kid Care is no longer in operation.


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