Ryne Sandberg still wants to manage

Updated: October 20, 2010, 10:11 AM ET
ESPNChicago.com

After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in his quest to become manager of the Chicago Cubs, Ryne Sandberg said his goal remains the same: to manage in the major leagues.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed," Sandberg said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "They told me it went down to the wire, and I was one of the last two guys standing and they made their decision. It's a disappointing day for sure.

"Right now it's digesting everything and just kind of change the wheels and turn in a different direction. I was focused on something and today it's just taking it all in. I spent the four years in the minor leagues to manage at the major league level, so I think that's where my heart is, and that's where my next step is. I think that's where I look next."

The Cubs picked interim manager Quade, who led the team to a 24-13 record after taking over for Lou Piniella on Aug. 22, to be the 51st manager in franchise history.

After approaching general manager Jim Hendry about his desire to be a major league manager someday, Sandberg spent the past four years in the Cubs' minor league system, winning Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs last season.

Sandberg was a finalist, along with Quade and Eric Wedge, and met with team chairman Tom Ricketts. The Mariners hired Wedge on Monday, leaving Sandberg and Quade.

"I don't look back on anything," the Hall of Fame second baseman said. "I felt like I did the opportunity that I was given, made the most out of it, had success and that's it. No looking back."

With several managerial openings around baseball, Sandberg hopes to get a chance somewhere else. Asked if he would return to the Triple-A Iowa job if he doesn't get a major league job, Sandberg declined to speculate.

"I'm just going by the phone call that I got that said I was not the guy and that was the end of the story," Sandberg said. "I don't know. I have no idea. There was nothing to lead me otherwise. I still have the ambitions to do this at the major league level and after some digesting and seeing if some other opportunities come about, listen to those opportunities and take it from there."

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