Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The Philadelphia Phillies have removed the interim tag on Ryne Sandberg, signing him to a three-year deal as the franchise’s 52nd manager.
“This is a man who has worked his way through the Minor Leagues and he has unbelievable Hall of Fame credentials. But I think more importantly than that, he’s a very, very good baseball man,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
“I think he’s going to carry us forward and do what’s necessary to put another ring on our finger, and that’s really the goal, to get back and be a world champion. I think we have a great start with Ryne Sandberg at the helm,” he added.
The 54-year-old Sandberg has led the Phillies to an 18-16 record since replacing Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16. The Phillies had the fourth-worst record in the league when the club dismissed Manuel.
The Phillies also are 25th in baseball averaging 3.84 runs per game, 26th in baseball with a 4.30 ERA and 27th in run differential at minus-121.
“I am a positive guy and I like to do my work and let my work speak for itself,” Sandberg said. “You never know in baseball, but I had a good feeling about what was going on here, and things felt good here. It felt good in the clubhouse. It felt good in the dugout.”
The two sides started negotiations on a new contract. Sandberg and his agents Rex Gary and Jim Turner arrived at the ballpark early Sunday morning to hammer out the final contract details.
“I think he handled the players well, the clubhouse very well. We kind of gave him free reign of what he needed to do and I really liked the instincts of how he handled things,” Amaro said.
Sandberg said managing the Phillies without the interim tag is a dream come true and
a relief as well.
“I think there’s been a very large weight lifted off me,” he said.