CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
* 10× All-Star (1984 –1993 )
MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
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
Major League Baseball
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
* 1 Early life
* 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
* 188.8.131.52 Phillies manager
* 5 Managerial record
* 6 Personal life
* 6.1 Charity foundations
* 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
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
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
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
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
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
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
“ 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
In 1990 , Sandberg led the
Sandberg played a then major league-record 123 straight games at
second base without an error. This record was later broken in 2007 by
In 1991 , Sandberg batted .291 with 26 home runs and batted in 100
runs for the second consecutive season. He also won his ninth
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
Sandberg returned to the
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
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
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,
Retired number at
Ryne Sandberg's number 23 was retired by the
Following his Hall of Fame induction, Sandberg had his number 23
retired in a ceremony at
Sandberg formerly served as a spring training instructor for the Cubs
On December 5, 2006, Sandberg was named manager of the Cubs' Class-A
Sandberg has said that his ideal job was to manage the Chicago Cubs.
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
After the 2012 season, Sandberg was promoted to third base coach and
infield instructor of the
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
On April 26, 2015, Sandberg earned his 100th win as a major league
manager on a 5–4 win against the
As of June 24, 2015
TEAM FROM TO REGULAR SEASON RECORD POST–SEASON RECORD
W L WIN % W L WIN %
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
Tampa Bay Rays
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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