He was drafted by the Phillies in 1978. He spent 1980 in Reading. He’s a Reading Baseball Hall of Famer. His number is retired in Reading. Who is he?
His name is Ryne Sandberg and he’s back in the Phillies organization.
Earlier today, the Phillies announced that MLB Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will be the manager of Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011. And, while the R-Phils will have a new manager in 2011 too, and, while I would have loved to see the former R-Phil back in Baseballtown, the fact that he is back in the Phillies organization is a huge plus — even if he’s not in Reading.
Let’s check out the press release straight from Philadelphia:
Sandberg, 51, spent the last four seasons as a manager in the
Chicago Cubs’ minor league system with Class-A Peoria (2007-08),
Double-A Tennessee (2009) and Triple-A Iowa (2010). He led his clubs to
two first-place finishes and, overall, has a managerial record of
284-277-1 (.505). This past season, his first as a triple-A manager,
Sandberg was named Manager of the Year in the Pacific Coast League
after leading the Iowa Cubs to a tie for the best record in the
Northern Division (82-62).
A 2005 inductee to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Sandberg
was a 10-time National League All-Star and won nine Gold Gloves and
seven Silver Slugger awards during his 16-year career (1981-94,
1996-97). He was originally drafted by the Phillies in 1978 and made
his major league debut with the club in 1981, appearing in 13 games.
Sandberg finished his career with a .285 batting average, 282 home
runs, 1,061 RBI and 344 stolen bases in 2,164 games. At the time of his
retirement, his 277 home runs as a second baseman was a major league
The remainder of the Phillies’ 2011 player development staff will be announced at a later date.
As far as Sandberg, and his ties to Reading, In 1980, “Ryno” hit .310 with 11 home runs and 79 RBIs for the R-Phils in 129 games. He, along with George Bell, Mark Davis, Bob Dernier, and Ozzie Virgil, led Reading to a 78-61 mark — one game behind Bristol (Red Sox) in the South Division.
Eleven years later, Sandberg was elected to the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame — the same year Dallas Green was elected. Green, of course, is currently the Philadelphia Phillies Senior Advisor to the GM. On July 2, 2006, Sandberg’s number 26 was retired by Reading.
Sandberg was a great player, and has done a very good job as a manager at the Minor League level, and this moves makes a lot of sense for him.
Earlier today, in a conference call, the former R-Phil had this to say:
“I see this as a tremendous opportunity,” said Sandberg, who also
interviewed for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A manager job at Pawtucket.
“I’m going back to my roots where I learned to play the game as a
major-league player. In a lot of ways, I feel like a young kid again. I
couldn’t be happier about the situation.”
Michael Bourn — (2005-2006)
With a .992 fielding percentage in 2010, Bourn, 27, brought home his second-straight Gold Glove. The former R-Phils outfielder committed just three errors in 370 total chances this past season, and continues to be one of the best defensive outfielders in the game.
Bourn, who missed the final 13
games of the season with an oblique strain, said he gave last year’s award to his
mother and father, who live close to him in Houston. When he’s
presented with this year’s award, he plans to keep it for himself.
Offensively, Bourn hit just .265 with two home runs, and 38 RBIs, but stole a league-best 52 bags. In 2009, he hit .285 with three home runs and 35 RBIs, with a league-best 61 stolen bases.
Bourn became only the fifth player in Astros history to win multiple Gold Gloves, and the way he has performed at the Major League level, the 27-year-old may be a lock for a Gold Glove year in and year out.
As for his time in Reading, the Houston, TX native hit .268 with six home runs and 44 RBIs with the R-Phils in 2005. The speedy center fielder swiped 38 bases and committed just one error, and began to make a name for himself in the Phillies organization.
A year later, Bourn was back in Baseballtown, and continued to make a mark in Reading. In 318 at-bats, 200 fewer than the previous season (was promoted to SWB in July), Bourn posted a .274 mark with four home runs, 26 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.
Well, the 2010 season is officially over, which means, its now time to look ahead to the 2011 season. With that being said, it’s time for a little Hot Stove talk, and as the weather begins to get colder, the trade talk begins to heat-up.
During the next few months, I’ll do my best to keep fans up-to-date with the all latest in Philadelphia Phillies and Reading Phillies news. Let’s start with the latest in Phillies news, as the club has already added a player via waivers to their 40-man roster — let the Hot Stove talk begin!
Carlos Rivero, who spent the 2010 season with Double-A Akron, was claimed yesterday by the Phillies, and was added to their 40-man roster. The Phillies 40-man roster is now at 34 players.
Rivero, 22, hit .232 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in 110 games with Akron last year. A native of Barquisimeto, VZ, Rivero was originally signed by the Indians as a nondrafted free agent in 2005. In 2009, Rivero was named as an AFL Rising Star.
Perhaps the main reason the Phils decided to claim Rivero, was the fact that he hit well against the R-Phils this season. The 22-year-old appeared for the Aeros in 20 games against the R-Phils in 2010, and enjoyed success at the dish.He hit four home runs and added 12 RBIs in those 20 games.
It will be interesting to see where Rivero will end up in 2011. Freddy Galvis, who is also from Venezuela and is just 20 (will turn 21 on November 14), is the top shortstop prospect in the organization. Galvis spent the entire 2010 campaign in Reading, and it will be interesting to see if he makes the jump to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011. Either way, the Phillies now have two bright young shortstops in the organization — both in their early 20’s and both from Venezuela.
With their backs to the wall, the Phillies came out on Thursday night in need of a win — what they got might not only have been a game, but a series as well.
Down three games to one, the Phillies had to win, and win, and win again. Last night they took care of step one — they have two more steps to complete.
With both Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels set to take the mound in game 6 and 7, the Phils have a good chance to go back to the World Series for the third-straight season.
The Giants, who also have pitching, are set with Matt Cain, who was solid for the Giants already in this series, and Jonathan Sanchez, who could be lethal to lefties.
With so many good starters in this series, it’s the offense which needs to get going in a big way. Let’s take a look at some offensive numbers, as we get set for Saturday’s game 6 in Philadelphia:
|2010 LCS Philadelphia Phillies Hitting|
|2010 LCS San Francisco Giants Hitting|
It was a tough loss yesterday afternoon for the Phillies. They struggled against Matt Cain, and now, they find themselves down two games to one. With time running out, they will need a good performance tonight from starter Joe Blanton — if not, the series could be over before you know it!
Blanton, a native of Kentucky, will need to keep the San Francisco bats quiet — especially Cody Ross, who has been on-fire this postseason. While Blanton has had his struggles this season, he has had some success against the Giants in the past.
In his last outing against San Francisco, Blanton tossed 6.1 solid innings — allowing just two runs on eight hits in an 8-2 Phils win. That game, which took place on August 18, did not include the hot-hitting Cody Ross, however, which could make a difference. Ross was still a member of the Florida Marlins at that point and has single-handedly changed the San Francisco offense.
Blanton, 29, has a 2-3 record with a 4.72 ERA in seven starts against the Giants in his career. The 6’3″ righty will have to be careful of two other hitters in the lineup as well. Both Andres Torres and Pat Burrell each went yard against him in that game, and both could pose a serious threat again. It will be interesting to see who Giants manager Bruce Bochy will go with tonight. Does he bring Aaron Rowand back a night after getting a big hit? Or will he go with Torres tonight, who has a homer off of Blanton?
Tonight’s game will prove to be an important one for the Phils, and it will all fall on Blanton in the end. If he is able to keep his team in the game, the Phils may have a chance at tying the series. The offense will need to get it going early, however, and will need to do so against the young Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner, who is coming off a solid start his last time out (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 K), will need to do what Matt Cain did before him. The 21-year-old southpaw posted a 7-6 mark with a 3.00 ERA this season, but has never faced the Phillies.
Can Bumgarner keep Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Jimmy Rollins silent tonight? Can Raul Ibanez break-out of his 0-for-15 funk?
There seem to be a lot of question marks right now for the Phillies. The key in my mind, will be Blanton. He has the chance to put an end to all of the question marks tonight. Can he do it? We’ll see tonight!
Two games in the books for the 2010 NLCS and so far, the world has seen some good baseball being played. The Giants did all they could to go to San Francisco with a split.
After a big performance from Cody Ross in game one, the Giants took a 1-0 lead on the defending National League champs. More importantly, it was their ace Tim Lincecum, who beat the Phillies ace Roy Halladay.
While game one may not have lived up to the expectations, game two on Sunday did. Roy Oswalt took over on the mound for Philadelphia and dazzled the Giants. The Kosciusko, MS native tossed eight solid innings, allowing just one run on three hits, while fanning nine. His solid effort and base-running, kept the Phillies from going to San Francisco down 0-2.
Perhaps the biggest thing to take away from the series so far, however, is the fact that it looks like Jimmy Rollins is back. Rollins, who let’s be honest, has had his struggles, came up huge in last night’s Phillies 6-1 win over the Giants. A former Reading Phillies shortstop, Rollins went 2-3 with four RBIs, and led the Phillies to the much-needed victory.
Rollins, who won the 2007 NL MVP, has had his share of injuries and struggles since. His offensive numbers have dropped, his games played have dropped, and Rollins, himself, has been dropped from the leadoff spot.
Coming into Sunday’s game, Rollins was hitting just .067 (1-15) in the postseason, but he was still out there giving his all when game two started. Batting sixth behind sluggers Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth, Rollins ignited the Phillies offense, which is hitting just .179 with runners in scoring position. The California native, who has been used to igniting the offense from the top of the lineup, did it from lower in the lineup, and came up as the hero in the end.
“Sometimes you just put a good swing on the ball, find some gap and
everything looks like it’s fantastic,” Rollins said. “Hopefully I can
take what I did today and just keep it going.”
If Rollins, who hit .243 in 350 at-bats this season, can keep hitting in the postseason, the Phillies may have found their secret weapon. Once relied upon as the table-setter of the offense, Rollins has not been that force for awhile now. If the Phillies can get the Rollins of old back into the lineup on a daily basis, the edge will once again be given to Philadelphia.
One more thing — Phillies manager Charlie Manuel deserves a lot of credit. Never once did Manuel decide to pull Rollins in the playoffs. He stuck with his former MVP, and in the end, it paid dividends. Much like he stuck with Brad Lidge in the bad times, he has done the same with Rollins.
The Phillies and Giants will face each other on Saturday in game one of the NLCS. Roy Halladay will face Tim Lincecum in perhaps one of the finest pitching matchups the playoffs have ever seen.
As we move forward, and get ready for NLCS baseball, I thought it would be good to take a look at some of the Phillies top NLCS performers. Oh, and by the way, can we play some baseball already! It’s unbelievable that the Phils have not played since Sunday, what a long week!
The Pitchers (NLCS)
Joe Blanton — 0-0, 4.15 ERA — 3 G, 2 GS (13 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 8 SO)
Cole Hamels — 3-0, 3.80 ERA — 4 G, 4 GS (23.2 IP, 24 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 7 BB, 20 SO)
Brad Lidge — 2-1, 1.80 ERA — 15 G (20 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 30 SO)
Ryan Madson — 1-0, 2.16 ERA — 8 G (8.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO)
Roy Oswalt — 2-0, 3.27 ERA — 4 G, 3 GS (22 IP, 19 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 8 BB, 14 SO)
The Hitters (NLCS)
Greg Dobbs — .429-0-0 — (5 G, 3 H, 2B, BB)
Ryan Howard — .314-1-8 — (10 G, 11 H, 9 R, 2 2B, 3B, 6 BB)
Placido Polanco — .455-0-2 — (8 G, 10 H, 2 R, 2B, 4 BB
Carlos Ruiz — .345-1-5 — (10 G, 10, 7 R, 2 2B, 6 BB, SB)
Chase Utley — .278-1-4 — (10 G, 10 H, 7 R, 2 2B, 10 BB)
Shane Victorino — .297-3-12 — (10 G, 11 H, 6 R, 2B, 2 3B, 4 BB, SB)
Jayson Werth — .205-3-6 — (10G, 8 H, 7 R, 2B, 3 BB)
Good morning — it’s time for part three of the year end wrap. Let’s take a look at some of the infielders who enjoyed solid seasons in Baseballtown in 2010.
Part 3 of 5
Freddy Galvis — SS
Galvis was a solid contributor to the Reading lineup this season, but will always be known for his outstanding defense. The 20-year-old won the Rawling’s Factory Outlet Gold Glove Award this season — leading the Eastern League with an impressive .982 fielding percentage. A native of Venezuela, Galvis played exceptional defense all-season long, but came through for the R-Phils with some clutch offense at times.
Galvis came up big on June 18, by ripping a game-winning triple in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Rock Cats in a 9-8 Reading victory. Two nights later, it was his three-run home run in the eighth inning which led the R-Phils to a 7-4 win over the Rock Cats. In all, he hit .233 with five home runs, 58 runs, 48 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.
Harold Garcia — 2B
Out of all the performances in the Philadelphia system in 2010, Harold Garcia may have been known for the most impressive. The Venezuelan second baseman, who finished the year with Reading, made history by hitting in 37-straight games while with Clearwater. The astonishing streak broke the Florida State League record, and patrolled him to prospect status.
A pure-hitter, who is also a solid defensive player, Garcia, 23, hit a combined .305 between Reading and Clearwater, and launched eight home runs and drove-in 64 RBIs. After hitting .335 with the Threshers, Garcia was promoted to Reading where he continued to shine. He finished his season in Baseballtown — hitting .281 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for the R-Phils. He has a bright future ahead, one which could see him make an impact in Philadelphia sooner, rather than later.
Cody Overbeck — 3B
Much like Harold Garcia, Cody Overbeck really made a mark on the Philadelphia system in 2010.
After beginning the year in Clearwater, where he was a Florida State League All-Star, Overbeck was promoted to the Reading Phillies and became a staple in the R-Phils lineup. The 24-year-old hit 13 home runs for Reading in just 78 games, and proved to be a solid contributor each day at the plate.
For the season, Overbeck hit a combined 24 home runs and drove-in 82 RBIs, both very impressive numbers for the youngster.
Welcome back to the “Philling You In” blog, and today we continue with the five-part blog series of the End of the Season roundup. Let’s take a look at some of the starting pitchers who competed in Baseballtown in 2010 — enjoy!
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Drew Naylor — RHP
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Naylor was on the mound for the R-Phils final game of the season, and, the young righty tossed one of his best games of the season. Naylor, 24, finished the 2010 campaign with a 12-10 mark and a 4.63 ERA. His 12 wins were tops on the R-Phils, and he also led the club in innings pitched (167), complete games (3), shutouts (2), and strikeouts (113).
On Monday, September 6, in what was the final game of the season, Naylor tossed a complete game three-hit shutout in Altoona against the Curve. In his final two starts of the season, he posted a 1-1 mark with a 1.84 ERA. A member of the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster, Naylor fanned a season-high 11 batters on August 27 against the Binghamton Mets. He won three of his last four starts, and finished the year as one of the best starters on the R-Phils staff.
Yohan Flande — LHP
Flande, 24, struggled at times during the 2010 season, but finishedthe season on a high-note. The Dominican native threw seven solid innings in his final start of the season, en route to notching his tenth win of the year. During his final start, which helped lead the R-Phils to a 4-1 win over New Britain, Flande fanned a season-high 7 batters, and allowed just one run on seven hits.
In all, Flande finished the year 10-8 with a 4.38 ERA, and while his final win came at home, the young lefty shined on the road in 2010. In 13 road starts, Flande posted a 7-3 mark with a 2.93 ERA. At home, he went just 3-5 with a 5.86 ERA in 14 starts.
J.C. Ramirez — RHP
The Philadelphia Phillies traded Cliff Lee in the offseason, and in return received three players who all spent time in Reading during the 2010 season. Ramirez, 22, was the one that made the most impact in Baseballtown.
A native of Nicaragua, Ramirez began the 2010 season with Clearwater (A+), and after posting a 4-3 mark with a 4.06 ERA, was promoted to Reading, where he would make 13 starts. Over that time with the R-Phils, Ramirez had mixed results. His best month came in July when he posted a 2-1 record with a 4.62 ERA, including one complete game.
The former Seattle product missed the final week of the season due to a hip injury, and while he recently had surgery to repair a torn labrum (cartilage) in his hip, he should be ready for spring training.
The 2010 season has come and gone and the R-Phils finished the year in fourth place in the Eastern League East division with a 69-72 record.
While the team struggled at times, and in the end, was unable to make it to the playoffs, there were many great individual performances from this year’s squad.
For the next five days, I will take the time to look back at some of the impressive seasons we witnessed in Baseballtown this season. Players like Michael Spidale, Tagg Bozied, Drew Naylor, and more, enjoyed breakout performances, and set career-highs in several different categories.
Check back each day for another three players from the 2010 R-Phils team. Enjoy for now…
Part 1 of 5
The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid season in Baseballtown,leading the
R-Phils in batting average (.315), home runs (27), RBIs (92), doubles
(29), OBP (.402), SLG (.631), and OPS (1.033). He led the Eastern
League in batting average, OBP, SLG, and OPS, and finished near the top
in both home runs (tied for 2nd) and RBIs (fourth).
While he missed over 30 games with a strained left quad this season,
Bozied never stopped hitting. Over his last ten games of the season, he
continued to shine, hitting .316 (12-38) with five home runs and eight
Michael Spidale — OF
During his fourth year in Reading, Michael Spidale patrolled the Reading outfield and did a great job defensively, and offensively, and in turn, was named as the FirstEnergy Reading Phillies 2010 MVP.
At the plate, the Illinois native compiled a .303 batting average — third best in the Eastern League, and hit 3 home runs, while driving home a career-high 50 RBIs. His 145 hits were good for sixth-best in the league, and his 31 stolen bases (a career-high) were good for fifth best. Originally selected by the White Sox in the 12th round of the 2000 draft, Spidale, 28, also set a career-high in runs (74), doubles (21), and games played (131).
Tuffy Gosewisch — C
The 2010 season will go down as a very positive one for R-Phils starting catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. In August, Gosewisch was named by Baseball America as the Eastern League’s best defensive catcher. The Freeport, IL native finished the season with the best fielding percentage among Eastern League catchers (.997) and had just two errors in 674 total chances.
While his defense was spot-on from day one, the 27-year-old backstop also was solid at the dish — posting nine home runs (tied a career-high), 32 RBIs, and 46 runs scored. Originally selected by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2005 draft, Gosewisch had his best game of the season on August 27 against the B-Mets. He ripped three hits — two home runs and drove-in four runs en route to a 9-1 R-Phils win over Binghamton at FirstEnergy Stadium.