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Ryne Sandberg resigns as Philadelphia Phillies manager

PHILADELPHIA – Ryne Sandberg left on his terms. An emotional Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager on Friday in his third season as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in the major leagues.

Ryne Sandberg: Ryan Howard starter at first base for Phillies in ’15

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Ryan Howard will start at first base this season, despite plans to rebuild the team and attempts to trade the declining slugger. Sandberg spoke in support of Howard on Wednesday during his first news conference of spring training as pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater, Florida. When Sandberg was asked about the former MVP he benched for three games last season, he said: “He’s the first baseman.” Howard, 35, hit .223 with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs, led the majors with 190 strikeouts and had a career-low .380 slugging percentage in 2014. Associated Press

MLB notes: Rays salute Don Zimmer

Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and Jim Leyland were among the many friends and family members at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Saturday to celebrate the life of longtime baseball man Don Zimmer. The tribute was held before the Tampa Bay Rays played the Mariners. Zimmer, a senior adviser for the Rays, died Wednesday at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin.

Brookover: Ryne Sandberg will discover managing in the bigs is all about winning

CHICAGO – There are only 30 major league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Spokane’s Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a major league manager and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues.

Ryno returns to Wrigley

CHICAGO – The celebration for Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary begins with a visit from an old friend. Ryne Sandberg brings his Philadelphia Phillies to Chicago to take on the Cubs on Friday in the first game of the season at the iconic ballpark. It’s Sandberg’s second trip to his old stomping grounds since he became Philadelphia’s manager last August.

Sandberg’s coach, Ken Eilmes, dies at 76

Battling cancer for some time, former North Central High School teacher and baseball coach Ken Eilmes – who instructed Hall of Fame baseball player Ryne Sandberg – held on until Wednesday. The day of his death also marked the 49th wedding anniversary to his wife, Diane. Eilmes was 76.

Former NC coach Eilmes dies at 76

Battling cancer for some time, former North Central High School teacher and baseball coach Ken Eilmes – who instructed Hall of Fame baseball player Ryne Sandberg – held on until Wednesday.

Interim no more: Phillies sign Sandberg to 3-year deal

PHILADELPHIA – Ryne Sandberg’s tenure as the Philadelphia Phillies’ interim manager ended after 37 days on Sunday when the club signed him to a three-year contract. The graduate of Spokane’s North Central High School achieved baseball immortality in Cooperstown eight years ago, but this was a moment forged on minor league bus rides and major league rejections. The 54-year-old Hall of Famer commenced his regime with seven words.

What are the odds?

With the pass- ing of every inning, it seems, new algebra attaches itself to baseball – much of it useful, some of it inscrutable, maybe a bit of it much too much. Relax. None of it will be on the quiz.

Two big league managers from GSL: What are the odds?

With the passing of every inning, it seems, new algebra attaches itself to baseball – much of it useful, some of it inscrutable, maybe a bit of it much too much. Relax. None of it will be on the quiz. Today, the topic is managerial metrics, though nothing that might objectively measure and predict success, not that there is such a thing. But on Monday, behind the batting cage at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, stood the two men in charge of the evening’s program, both of them listing Spokane as their hometown – a confluence both unnatural, but near perfect. “Two guys from Spokane managing in the big leagues,” allowed Ryne Sandberg, “is a big thing.” It is, in fact, almost impossible math.

Ryno back at Wrigley

Ryne Sandberg grinned the whole time. On a hot, sweaty day in Chicago, the Hall of Famer looked nice and cool. Back at Wrigley Field for the first time as a MLB manager, this was exactly where he wanted to be.

Phillies promote Sandberg to third-base coach

Baseball: Ryne Sandberg is back in the big leagues. The Philadelphia Phillies promoted the Hall of Fame second baseman to their coaching staff as third-base coach and infield instructor.

Teams may come calling Phillies for Ryne Sandberg

A couple of weeks from now, the regular season will be over. Some teams will be getting ready to start the playoffs. Others will be looking for new managers. That’s just the way it works. The ripple effect from all of the many possible offseason management moves could reach the Philadelphia Phillies.