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Ryne Sandberg won't allow Philadelphia Phillies to fail

There are plenty of people who 'know' that the Philadelphia Phillies aren't going to win anything this season. Ryne Sandberg is likely to prove all of them wrong.

Anyone who has ever worked for a solid boss knows what expectations and resulting productivity is all about. In that type of atmosphere employees are treated fairly, though not as friends. Favorites aren't picked and then unjustly promoted. Most importantly, consistency is always in style.

'Ryno', as he was known during his Hall of Fame playing days, decided to pursue a degree in the managerial arts ten years after retiring as a player in 1997. He wisely and humbly accepted a position as manager of the Chicago Cubs' Peoria Chiefs in 2007. That's A-ball level for those who aren't aware of every minor league team's place in the nation.

Sandberg worked his way up through the ranks and then cosmically transferred to the Phillies minor league system when he became the manager of the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in 2011.

Last year number 23 was added to Charlie Manuel's coaching staff. Before the season ended, one of the great second basemen of all-time achieved his second baseball dream by being named manager of his original major league employer.

While World Series parade plans aren't in this author's mind, a productive season that includes a possible playoff push seems reasonable. Sandberg's resume, work ethic and influence will rub off on most of his players and with that a winning atmosphere will be start to be rebuilt in Philadelphia.

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