Former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg will remain manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN.
Sandberg interviewed with the Cardinals to replace Tony La Russa this offseason, but was not offered the job (it went to Mike Matheny); Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told Sandberg that he would not be considered for the Cubs’ managerial opening that was eventually filled by Dale Sveum. Sandberg has indicated in the past that he would like to manage the Cubs.
After a Hall of Fame career in which he spent 15 years with the Cubs, Sandberg began his managerial career as the manager of the Class-A Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League in 2006. He worked his way up through the Cubs organization, eventually winning Pacific League Manager of the Year in 2010 as manager of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Sandberg left the Cubs organization after that season and became the manager of the IronPigs, leading them to an 80-64 record and their first postseason birth in 2011.