Friday, December 18, 2009

Cubs promote Sandberg to manage Triple-A Iowa

Lou has to be seeing Ryno in his rear-view mirror. Have a

good season Lou or else.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cubs promoted Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sanderg today, naming him manager of their Triple-A Iowa team.

The Cubs had a vacancy at Triple-A when Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson took a job as a roving minor-league infield coordinator and Latin American field coordinator for Baltimore

Sandberg led Double-A Tennessee to the Southern League championship series in his first year managing the Smokies, following two seasons at Class-A Peoria. While he's on record as saying his goal is to someday manage the Cubs, Lou Piniella may have thrown a fly in the ointment by hinting he wants to stay beyond the 2010 season.

Piniella joked today that he's going to get a 15-year extension. Whether or not Sandberg would be first in line for Piniella's job is unknown, though he'd certainly be a candidate if Piniella left after 2010.

How long Sandberg intends to wait on a major league managing job is another story altogether.

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