Sandberg is a leading candidate to manage the Chicago Cubs next year (Photo courtesy of Iowa Cubs).
Hall of Famer Receives Honor in First Year at Triple-A Level
Des Moines, Iowa (Friday, September 3, 2010) – Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who is possibly the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, received the top honor of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) today when he was named its Manager of the Year. The accolade comes to Sandberg in his first season managing at the Triple-A level, after starting his post-playing career in 2006 as the skipper for the Peoria Chiefs.
Sandberg has currently led the Iowa Cubs to an 80-60 cumulative record thus far this season, which is good enough to have the team even with the Memphis Redbirds atop the American Conference Northern Division Standings. The Cubs boast the best road record in the Pacific Coast League at 43-29, and that tally is the best in the past eight years of the league. With four games remaining on the regular season schedule, Sandberg and the Cubs have already seen eight players promoted to Major League Baseball.
Of the first place votes for PCL Manager of the Year, 15 nods were given to Sandberg with Memphis skipper Chris Maloney being the closest man to him with five votes. A total of 32 ballots are issued, with two going to each PCL club for its field and general manager, and a media or broadcast representative from each team receives the other half of the votes.
2010 is the fourth overall season that Sandberg has coached at the minor league level. After two years with the Single-A Peoria Chiefs, he moved up to the Double-A level in 2009 where he took over for the Tennessee Smokies. He guided the Smokies to the second half division title, ultimately advancing to the Southern League Championship Series before falling to three games to one to the Jacksonville Suns.