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Ryne Sandberg ready to rejoin Phillies

Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg made his major league debut with the Phillies, and has the story on how the Phils' new first-base coach likes being back in the City of Brotherly Love.

J. Meric

Ryne Sandberg was elected to the Hall of Fame after a stupendous career with the Chicago Cubs, but he actually broke in with the Phillies when he was a young buck middle infielder, traded to the North Side along with Larry Bowa back in the day. As writer Bob Brookover explains, the Phillies' new third baseman is going through a bit of a homecoming after spending the last six seasons coaching and managing in the minor leagues:

"What Sandberg will not be doing next season is thinking about replacing Charlie Manuel as the next manager of the Phillies. That's a role that many believe he will assume, perhaps as soon as the 2014 season, and it would make for a terrific story since it was the Cubs who passed on him as their next manager a couple of times in recent seasons.

"'First of all, there are no guarantees in baseball,' Sandberg said. 'I'm a guy who stays focused with my job. That's always how I handled things as a player and as a minor-league manager. I know what my job is next year as a third-base coach and infield instructor and that's what I will focus on. I'm real pleased about being in the capacity I'm in with the Phillies and I don't look any further than that.'"

The full story outlines the amusing, roundabout way Sandberg went from Phillies to Cubs to back to Phillies again, and is worth your full attention.