What Could Have Been if the Phillies Had Kept Sandberg in the First Place

William ZeltmanContributor INovember 15, 2010

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26:  Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg waves to the crowd as he is introduced at Clark Sports Center during the 2009  Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The year was 1982 and the Philadelphia Phillies were in a tight spot. All Star shortstop Larry Bowa was 36 years old and felt he was owed a three-year contract that the Phillies previous owner Ruly Carpenter had promised him.

New team president Bill Giles was not about to give the aging shortstop a three-year deal and announced that the shortstop would be traded. The Phillies talked with Dallas Green who had left the club to be the general manager of the Chicago Cubs. They were interested in Ivan DeJesus. DeJesus was a few years younger and was...