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Out with the Lou, In with the Sandberg?

Sandberg next cubs manager?

Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg might be in live to be the next Cubs manager after Lou Piniella annouces his retirement.

Just today Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella annouced that he will retire as Cubs manager at the conclusion of the 2010 baseball season.   During  Sweet Lou’s tenure, the Chicago Cubs went from lovable losers to annual contenders but failed to bring home the ultimate prize– a World Series Championship.  Lou Piniella was supposed to be the answer to a team loaded with talent that just didn’t have that killer instinct.  Lou’s firey personality and sometimes comical on-the-field antics were supposed to motivate as well as keep the players loose.  During Lou Piniella time as Cubs manager, they made the playoffs twice (in 2007 and 2008) but ended up getting swept in the first round both years

Today, the Cubs are in a serious free fall laiden with aging players (and the awful contracts to go along with them).  Cub fans have little to be excited about moving forward with the idea of Alphonso Soriano (19M/year), Kosuke Fukudome (14M/year) and Carlos Zambrano (18.8M/year) locked up for several more years with expensive back-ended contracts.  Mired in yet another disappointing season of baseball at Wrigley Field, Cubs fans are looking for anything to be optimistic about.  The only bright spots this year have been the play closer Carlos Marmol and rookies Starlin Castro and Tyler Colvin. 

That all changed today as Lou Piniella annouced he is out after 4 years as the Cubs Manager.  While a change of manager typically means little to an organization not expected to be relevant anytime soon, the Cubs have a manager in waiting that has Cub fans drooling – Ryne Sandberg.  For the past 4 seasons, Ryno has been quiently working his way up the Cubs managerial depth chart.  In 2007-08 Sandberg managed the Peoria Chiefs before moving up to manage the AAA Tennessee. This year Ryne Sandberg took over the helm of the Iowa Cubs.  Ryne Sandberg is the only MLB Hall of Famer to manage in the minor leagues.  Although Sandberg is far from being a lock to land the Cubs full time job, odds are in his favor.  Ryne Sandberg was (and still is) the face of the organization to many Cub fans who grew up in the 1980’s and 90’s (myself included). 

While all of Cub Nation is buzzing with the prospect of Ryne Sandberg returning to Wrigley Field to manage the Cubs- Lou Piniella and the 2010 Cubs are still playing.  With the Cubs on the cusp of dropping out of contention 10.5 games out of first place, tickets are readily available in our Chicago Cubs Tickets section – many tickets below face value.  If you are looking for Cheap Chicago Cubs Tickets also be sure to check out who special in Chicagoland event tickets.