MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Parent hoped to see Ryne Sandberg get this opportunity with the Cubs but believes he’ll succeed with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sandberg was named the Phillies’ interim manager on Friday after the club fired longtime manager Charlie Manuel. Parent and Sandberg were teammates in the Hall of Fame second baseman’s final season in the majors and they also coached in Philadelphia’s minor-league system at the same time.
Parent, who took over as the White Sox bench coach in 2012, coached at Double-A Reading for the Phillies in 2011 while Sandberg was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Parent was also one of two people Sandberg confided in he would retire and attended the press conference.
“He’s been in the wars,” Parent said. “He’s been in Chicago and went through some good years and some bad years. He knows how to handle himself. When he manages, Ryno’s the kind of guy who’s going to do it his way and you like it or you don’t. … I think he’s going to do fine. In my opinion he deserved an opportunity in Chicago. But here’s a Hall of Fame player who went down and started at the lowest levels and worked his way up and he’s getting what he deserves.”
A third-base coach with the Phillies this season, Sandberg managed at Lehigh Valley each of the previous two campaigns.
Parent spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons managing in the minors for the Phillies. He was cited as the Best Manager Prospect in the Eastern League in 2011 by Baseball America. So he paid close attention to what took place Friday, when Philadelphia parted ways with Manuel, who has the most managerial victories in franchise history.
“This is a good chance for them to get a really good interview with (Sandberg) and see what he’ll do with that spot,” Parent said. “I hope things work out for him. Charlie is one of my favorite people. So is (general manager Ruben Amaro), so is Pat Gillick. I think the world of the ownership on down and the people in Philly. I think they’re going to do the right thing. If you have a guy like Ryne at third base you might as well use him.”