Charlie Manuel is getting near the tail end of his managerial career at the age of almost 70, and the next logical heir apparent to the manager’s position for the Philadelphia Phillies is Ryne Sandberg.
Sandberg, once a Phillies favourite before being traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he had a great career, may now get a shot to help the Phillies in a different manner. He has been quite successful as a manger in the minor leagues, leading both the Cubs and Phillies’ minor league affiliates to playoff success, and was even being named Minor League Manger of the Year in 2011 with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Sandberg seems like a natural fit for the Phillies. As a former player, he has the natural leadership skills and demeanor necessary for the rigors of a full 162-game season.
I am sure that as a 10-time All Star and Hall-of-Famer, he will instantly have respect from every player in the clubhouse both young and old. As he has done in the minor leagues, he will be able to teach the young kids coming up in the pipeline the dedication it takes to be an everyday major league player.
There looks to be a youth movement in the Phils system over next few years. The classic core of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins are getting up there in age and an influx of talent such as Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco and Cody Asche are knocking at the door.
Sandberg, who is known to work wonders with young talent, seems like the perfect voice to lead this new core of Phillies into the future.