Sources have told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the St. Louis Cardinals have asked for permission to interview Ryne Sandberg for their managerial opening.
Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman, is currently the manager for the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The opening for the Cardinals’ position came this week after legendary manager Tony La Russa made the decision to retire after 33 years as a Major League skipper.
Sandberg was highly considered as the lead candidate to take over as the Chicago Cubs manager last season. The 52-year-old played with the Cubs for the majority of his career. Chicago elected to hire Mike Quade as their head coach, however, as he had served as the interim manager after Lou Piniella’s departure. Quade was reportedly relieved of his duties as the manager of the Cubs this afternoon by Chicago’s new president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein.