Cubs Promote Sandberg to Double-A Skipper

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg has been promoted and will manage the Chicago Cubs' Double-A affiliate in Tennessee for the 2009 season.

Sandberg's first managerial assignment came at Single-A Peoria, where he guided the club to a record of 131-146-1 in two seasons.

The 49-year old Sandberg was one of the greatest players in the Cubs storied history. A 10-time National League All-Star and a nine-time Gold Glove Award winner at second base, he retired from the Cubs following the 1997 campaign after a 15-year big league career.

Sandberg ended his major league career with a .285 batting average. He also stroked 282 homers and knocked in 1,061 runs in 2,164 games.

The second baseman was elected the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 and, later that same year, Sandberg became one of just four Cubs players to have his number retired by the club.

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