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Ryne Dee Sandberg
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 180 lb.
- High School North Central High School (Spokane)
- Debut September 2, 1981
- Final Game September 28, 1997
- Born September 18, 1959 in Spokane, WA USA
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2005
 Biographical Information
Ryne Sandberg is a Hall of Fame second baseman who was a perennial Gold Glove winner, a perennial All-Star team member, a good hitter who broke the career home run record for second basemen, and 1984 MVP in the National League.
He was in the minors four years. He hit .311 at Helena at the rookie level. The next year he struggled, hitting .247/~.331/.334 at Spartanburg of the Western Carolinas League. But at Reading in the AA Eastern League in 1980, he hit .310/~.403/.469. Moved up to AAA Oklahoma City in 1981, he hit .293/~.357/.397, and got a cup of coffee with the Phillies. At the time, Pete Rose was playing first base and Mike Schmidt was at third base.
It wasn't that the Phillies thought Sandberg wouldn't make it. Rather, they had been competitive in 1980 and 1981, and wanted to continue to compete. However, their shortstop, Larry Bowa, was 35 in 1981 and aging, and the acquisition of Ivan DeJesus would solve the problem. Sandberg wasn't ready to immediately step in. The plan worked for the Phillies, since they won the 1983 pennant and went to the 1983 World Series with DeJesus at shortstop.
Meanwhile, Sandberg became the starting third baseman for the Cubs, while Bowa played short and Bump Wills was at second base. It was Wills' last year in the majors, and Sandberg took over the next year at second base as Ron Cey was acquired to play third base.
1984 was Sandberg's MVP year, but he had many good years. The next year, 1985, he hit .305 with 26 home runs and 54 stolen bases. In 1989, he hit 30 home runs for the division-leading Cubs, and he was 4th in the MVP voting. From June 21, 1989 through May 17, 1990, Sandberg went 123 consecutive games without an error, breaking Joe Morgan's record of 91 (17 years later, Luis Castillo, playing in the American League, broke Sandberg's mark and 22 years later, fellow Cub Darwin Barney broke his NL mark). In 1990, Ryne became the first second baseman in years to lead the league in homers, with 40, and was again 4th in the MVP voting. In 1992, he hit 26 home runs with 100 RBI.
In addition to his home run championship, he led the league in runs scored three times, in triples once, and in total bases once. Defensively, his range was consistently excellent, through 1996.
Bill James once called him the only active player in major league baseball who was clearly above average in every category - batting average, walks, power, steals, and defense.
Sandberg ranks # 13 on the all-time list for Power/Speed Number. In addition to his 282 home runs, he stole 344 bases, with a very good success rate. He stole 20+ bases nine different times.
Ryne Sandberg had a unique blend of skills - the only other player with similarity scores of at least 900 is Lou Whitaker, but that doesn't take into account all of Sandberg's fielding prowess and so isn't a complete comparison. Although Whitaker was a top player, perhaps a more suitable similarity comparison would be Bobby Doerr, who was also an all-around talent who went into the Hall of Fame.
Parade Magazine All American as a quarterback in 1977 at North Central High School in Spokane.
In 2005, his number (23) was retired by the Chicago Cubs. After the 2006 season, Sandberg was named manager of the Peoria Chiefs in the Midwest League. He was considered the favorite to succeed Lou Piniella as Cubs manager when he resigned late in the 2010 season, but coach Mike Quade got the job instead. Disappointed, Sandberg then left the Cubs' organization to move back to the Philadelphia Phillies as manager of their AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in 2011. He was at the helm for two seasons, then in 2013 moved up to the big league team as third base coach. The speculation was that he was now being groomed to take over for Charlie Manuel as the team's skipper within one or two seasons.
 Notable Achievements
- 1982 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- 10-time NL All-Star (1984-1993)
- NL MVP (1984)
- 9-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1983-1991)
- 7-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1984, 1985 & 1988-1992)
- 3-time NL Runs Scored Leader (1984, 1989 & 1990)
- NL Total Bases Leader (1990)
- NL Triples Leader (1984)
- NL Home Run Leader (1990)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1996)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1989 & 1990)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1990)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1990 & 1991)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 7 (1982, 1984, 1985 & 1989-1992)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1985)
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2005
|Dale Murphy||Ryne Sandberg||Willie McGee|
 Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2007||Peoria Chiefs||Midwest League||71-68||7th||Chicago Cubs|
|2008||Peoria Chiefs||Midwest League||60-78||12th||Chicago Cubs|
|2009||Tennessee Smokies||Southern League||71-69||3rd||Chicago Cubs||Lost League Finals|
|2010||Iowa Cubs||Pacific Coast League||82-62||1st (t)||Chicago Cubs|
|2011||Lehigh Valley IronPigs||International League||80-64||4th||Philadelphia Phillies||Lost League Finals|
|2012||Lehigh Valley IronPigs||International League||75-68||5th||Philadelphia Phillies|
 Records Held
- Fielding percentage, second baseman, career, .989 (tied)
 Further reading
- Ryne Sandberg (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget," Baseball Digest, February 1993, pp. 77-78.
- Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs," Baseball Digest, July 1990, p. 43.