Ryne Sandberg appeared briefly with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1981, but by the following season he had joined the Chicago Cubs, where he would play the remaining fifteen years of his career. He started as a 3rd baseman but by 1983 he had established himself as the Cubs starting 2nd baseman for the next decade. Finishing in the top 10 in Rookie of the Year balloting in 1982, two years later he was the National League MVP, pacing the senior circuit in runs and triples while batting .314. He had speed, stealing 20+ bases nine times, including a career high 54 in 1985. An excellent fielder, he led the league in assists seven times, and fielding percentage for second baseman four times. Later in his career, he even found some power, leading the league in home runs in 1990. He retired after the 1994 season, but could not resist the call of the game and returned in 1996 for two more years with the Cubs before he finally retired for good as a player. He is currently the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
July, 21, 2012