As I’ve said repeatedly, when Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the managerial job, his fate with the Chicago Cubs organization was sealed – that is to say, he wasn’t going to join Mike Quade’s staff. Now, Bruce Levine is reporting that, indeed, Sandberg will not be asked to join Quade’s staff.

No real surprise there, but a big, uncomfortable surprise? If White Sox star bench coach Joey Cora leaves for bigger and better things, Ryne Sandberg will be one of a handful considered to replace him.

As I’ve said before, it’s hard to imagine Sandberg not getting a Major League coaching job if he’s willing to go wherever – and assuredly he is, now recognizing that the path to a managerial gig is through ML coaching experience. But I didn’t expect that he’d end up on the South Side.