Would the south side of Chicago do for Ryne Sandberg what the north side did not?
Like an enemy with a sudden helping hand timed perfectly with when the persons' best friend stabs them in the back, the White Sox could call upon Sandberg with the Cubs within eavesdrop distance, saying "Oh...My...God."
Granted the White Sox don't owe Sandberg a shot as much as the Cubs do, but they present an interesting opportunity.
Considering Sandberg had the word "respect" 20 times in his Hall of Fame induction speech, one could assume he wasn't too pleased with not getting his "dream job" managing the Cubs last season after going from Class-A to Triple-A in three seasons.
The Cubs may have been trying to save Sandberg from debuting with a team destined for nothingness, which was probably the right idea. Regardless, Sandberg had had enough.
After Mike Quade got the job, Sandberg left the organization to manage the Philadelphia Phillies AAA team, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in November. Sandberg had gone back to where he was drafted, leaving the place he became a true major leaguer.
Perhaps it's time for Sandberg to come home—a bit further south this time—with a chip on his shoulder.
White Sox or Cubs fan, Sandberg was always the perfect Chicago type of guy. He loved baseball, played the game the right way and was talented as can be.
What better manager for the Chicago White Sox than a guy who owes some payback to their crosstown rival?
Let's face it. White Sox fans love watching the Cubs suffer almost as much as they love watching the White Sox prosper. Sandberg would be the perfect way to stick it to the organization.
It's a dynamite PR move, but at the same time, Sandberg has proven to be a pretty solid manager.
When Sandberg managed the IronPigs to a win on opening day this season, it was the first time in team history the squad was above .500. Five months later, the team was in its first playoff game.
The bullpen for the squad was 38-16 with a 2.82 ERA in 488 innings pitched. Not a bad stat to add to Sandberg's resume.
Sandberg led the IronPigs to two wins shy of the Governors Cup, which is basically the World Series, in his first year managing the team.
This after being named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2010 with Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Personally, I doubt the White Sox pursue Sandberg. Sandy Alomar, Don Cooper or Dave Martinez may be better options, but it would make for some fireworks if whispers began surrounding Chicago regarding Sandberg.
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