Ryne Sandberg has done it again.
Cast aside by the
One of the minor leagues' worst teams the last three years, the
Sandberg, whom Hall of Fame executive Pat Gillick vetted for the job, drew effusive praise from Phillies general manager
Sandberg has managed five minor league seasons, and delivered only one losing record in his four with the Cubs. He took Double-A Tennessee to the Southern League championship series in 2009 and went 82-62 with Triple-A Iowa in 2010.
Some in Philadelphia believe he's a likely successor to
"Ryne has been outstanding,'' he said. "It's hard for me to find enough superlatives when I talk about what he has done there. … He's a Hall of Famer who doesn't act like a Hall of Famer.
"I think he understands the importance of what he has done in the game. I also think he's very humble about it. The players really liked and enjoyed playing for him. They were motivated to play for him.''
Sandberg was mentioned in several managerial searches last winter, including ones for the Brewers,
Amaro gives Sandberg credit for paying his dues in learning how to manage.
We'll know in a couple of weeks how many managerial openings are available for Sandberg and other candidates. The
Don't rule out Sandberg returning to the Cubs. His issues over the process a year ago lie with Hendry, not Chairman
"Hey, whatever would be best for Ryne. I have a great deal of respect for him.'' Amaro said. "
Among active pitchers,
"He's a stand-alone,'' general manager
The 41-year-old Rivera is thinking mostly of how he can add to his legacy helping the
He said the magnitude of his success is sinking in, "but I am still looking at it as just doing my job. That's who I am.''
Moore, who has been dominant at every level in the minors, threw 22 of 27 pitches at 95-plus in his debut, including three at 98 mph.
"That was the easiest 96 I think I've ever seen,''
"This kid is going to be really good,'' he said. "He is good, and he's going to be really good. I don't know exactly how that's all going to work out in the near-future and the future, but I'll say this: He has a chance to be very special.''
"Joe's not one to make excuses," Morneau said. "The reality is, he tried to come back too soon from
Mauer never had his
"I understand that I'm probably going to get more of (the criticism) than anybody in this clubhouse," Mauer said. "Just given the fact that I'm from (Minnesota), I have a big contract — all that stuff."