Former Chicago Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg to manage AA Smokies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will be managing the Chicago Cubs' double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies in 2009.

The Southern League team announced Wednesday that Sandberg is moving up from the Cubs' single-A Peoria Chiefs, which Sanberg has managed the past two seasons.

Sandberg calls the Smokies "an excellent opportunity" and he is "looking forward to the challenges in taking this next step and being successful in Tennessee."

Sandberg, a star second baseman with the Cubs inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, will be joined by pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn, hitting coach Tom Beyers and trainer Nick Frangella.

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