Ever humble, Sandberg said that his choice to start his managerial journey in Single-A with the Chicago Cubs in 2007 was because that was the job he was offered. As everyone knows, money and success create options. So, Sandberg didn't have to accept that job after forging his indelible playing career. He wanted to work inside the game he still loves.
After being hired by the Phillies as their Triple-A manager in the fall of 2010, two productive and impressive minor league years led to Sandberg's promotion to Charlie Manuel's major league coaching staff this season. After a mid-summer swoon, general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. decided to make a dugout switch. Then, on their final home date, the GM officially named the Phillies' reclaimed icon as his permanent manager.
Part of the ongoing conversation Amaro and 'Sandy' (the original moniker his late-1970s' Phillies' teammates gave him) will have during the next week will involve the 2014 coaching staff. The trust both of these key Philadelphia baseball men have shown toward each other and the fact that Sandberg is Amaro's 'guy', leads to natural speculation that a reformulated brain trust will emerge.
The Phillies obviously liked what they saw on the field, in the clubhouse and with the media during the past three seasons. As a result, 'Ryno' is likely to be given leeway in the selection, or reconfirmation, of a staff that already includes some trusted Iron Pigs' advisers.
The team's newest manager has clearly demonstrated that he understands his place within this baseball corporation. Now, that loyalty seems certain to be rewarded with retention and hiring decisions.