Gibberish that had been heard about general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. telegraphing his next managerial move, by hiring Sandberg to run the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in the fall of 2010, means nothing now. Most companies acquired talent for their bench and the Phillies are no different.
Recruiting 'Ryno' after the Chicago Cubs inexplicably chose not to offer their Hall of Famer a big league job was a smart decision. Very few men of Sandberg's stature have ever opted to ride minor league buses in order to pursue a major league manager's job. He did, that mattered and it shows.
This former Phillies' farmhand began learning his new trade in 2007. That choice and his minor league performance created the opportunity to eventually lead a big league team.
The strategic selections Sandberg has been making during the early stages of his tenure are proving to most observers that he's parlaying his on-field talent and instincts into a higher level of expertise. Based on Amaro's investment in the 2005 Cooperstown inductee, expect the interim tag to be removed from Sandberg's current title during the first week of October.