Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg is now manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
He replaces Charlie Manuel who was fired with the team out of the pennant race and in tailspin since the All-Star break. Sandberg was third-base coach for the Phillies. He managed the Phillies' Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons.
Sandberg worked his way up to finally becoming a manager in the big leagues. He began in the Cubs system for the Peoria Chiefs where he managed many games at Covelski Stadium against the Silver Hawks. He also manged the Cubs' Triple A team in Iowa.
Sandberg joined the Phillies organization after being passed up for the Cubs managerial job two years ago.
Sandberg takes over beginning with tonight's game against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. He was introduced at a news conference before the game.
The Phillies have lost 19 of 24 since last month's All-Star break. They are in fourth place and 20½ games out of first in the NL East.