Ryne Sandberg will return as Phillies’ Triple-A manager

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In an expected move, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirms that Ryne Sandberg will remain with the Phillies as manager of their Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley. It was made official when the Phillies announced their player development staff earlier today.

Sandberg has been passed over for big-league manager gigs in back-to-back offseasons. While he interviewed earlier this month for the Cardinals’ job which eventually went to Mike Matheny, the Hall of Fame second baseman was not a candidate with either the Red Sox or the Cubs.

Sandberg will undoubtedly be floated as a possibility for managerial openings in the majors again next offseason, but Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently hinted that if he remains with the Phillies, he could be the successor to Charlie Manuel, who turns 68 in January and is signed through the 2013 season.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.