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Baseball with Matt: Ryne Sandberg Edition

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Ryne Sandberg: A True Cub (Courtesy of centerfieldgate.com)


Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with some more on the history of America’s Pastime. As it has been announced, Charlie Manuel was just fired from his job as manager of the Phillies and was replaced with Ryne Sandberg. I know what some of you non-Cubs fans are thinking: “Who in the world is Ryne Sandberg?” Well, for your information, Sandberg is a Hall of Fame second baseman and if you want to learn more about him, read the next paragraph.


Ryne Sandberg joined the fairly short list of great second basemen because of his amazing defense and his rare power at the position. In his playing days from 1981-1997 (did not play in 1995) with the Phillies and Chicago Cubs, “Ryno” hit for a career .285 batting average, 282 homers, and 1,061 RBIs. His 272 home runs as a second baseman were once a record, but the record was broken in 2004 by Jeff Kent. The ten time All Star won the NL MVP Award in 1984 and led the Cubbies to their first postseason appearance since 1945. As I said before, besides being a good hitter, Sandberg also had amazing fielding ability, racking up nine consecutive Gold Glove leading NL second basemen in assists seven times, and in fielding average and total chances four times each. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2005.


So, as you can see, Ryne Sandberg was a great player and hopefully will be a great manager. Anyway, thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and check back soon for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

One Response to Baseball with Matt: Ryne Sandberg Edition

  • I never realized that Sandberg had actually appeared in a Phillies game and I am a life-long Phillies fan. I remember the trade very well. History shows that it was the 2nd worst in their history. Trading Fergie Jenkins was number one. Thanks Matt for the article.

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