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Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg is a rising star – insofar as managers can be rising stars – in the Cubs’ system. How much of that is due to his managerial ability, and how much is due to his Hall of Fame career as a Chicago Cub, is hard to tell. In any event, it sounds like he’s getting itchy to make the jump to the bigs.

Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg Monday said he’d listen if Baltimore Orioles team president Andy MacPhail called about his vacant managerial position. But so far, no call.

“The last time I talked to Andy was during the winter meetings, when we were on a committee together,” Sandberg said before Monday night’s Pacific Coast League game against New Orleans at Principal Park. “But I’d listen if someone called, for sure.”

A call wouldn’t be out of the question, considering Sandberg and MacPhail go way back — as former Cub Hall of Fame player and former Chicago Cubs team president.

“I’m hoping for a chance with someone,” said Sandberg, whose Cubs had a 29-27 record Monday in his first triple-A season. Des Moines Register Staff Blogs.

Sandberg has been working his way up the minors in the Cubs’ system, and is thought to be in line for, at a minimum, a bench coach position with the Cubs next year.

h/t CCO.

  • KB

    I think it’d be good for Ryno to get some experience as a big-league skipper before being thrown into the fire in Chicago. Frankly, from what I’ve read, he’s not my particular style of manager (although he’ll always remain one of my favorite Cubs), so if he went to the O’s, I’d consider it a win-win.

    • jstraw

      Be pretty good for Bob Brenly too.

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