Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel named Ryne Sandberg the organization's new third base coach Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Ryan Lawrence is reporting. Sandberg's promotion from Triple-A, where he was serving as the manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, comes less than 24 hours after the organization fired three coaches: first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.
Sandberg, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Class of 2005), was the manager of the IronPigs for two seasons. Before that he was a minor-league manager in the Chicago Cubs organization. He left there after the Cubs' decided to not hire him as their manager in the 2010-11 offseason. Last season, Sandberg was a candidate to manager the St. Louis Cardinals.
As a player, Sandberg began his career in the Phillies organization as he made his debut at shortstop in 1981. However, Sandberg will also be remembered as a Cub, a franchise he spent 15 seasons with.