Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and Mets first baseman Lucas Duda both came down with cases of food poisoning during a weekend series in Queens, and the culprit seems to be undercooked burgers from the Citi Field Shake Shack. But the Mets, naturally, are disputing that account.
Ryne Sandberg inherited a mess when he took over as interim manager last summer, but his first spring training running the Phillies is off to an especially inauspicious beginning. He's already butted heads with Jimmy Rollins, benching him three straight days without explanation, and the two haven't spoken since Monday.
On Friday, the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel and appointed Ryne Sandberg interim manager. He picked up where Charlie left off and was shut out in his first two games. But then Sunday rolled around and Hanley Ramirez decided to start handing out wins.
After Lou Piniella announced he was retiring after last Sunday's game—fittingly, it was a blowout—the Chicago and national media started yammering on about who would replace him, and What It All Means For The Cubs. Please make it stop.
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When the day finally comes that Lou Piniella explodes like Port Chicago — oh, and he will — who will step in for the Cubs? How about Ryne Sandberg? The Hall of Famer, now manager of the Class A Peoria Chiefs, will try out the manager's chair when he returns to Wrigley Field on July 29; his team taking on the Kane…
We had completely forgotten about this, so we give big mad propers — that's Phil Mushnick-approved "street lingo" — to Can't Stop The Bleeding for reminding us: recent Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, according to observers and tons of rumors, once had steroid stud Rafael Palmeiro traded for sleeping with his wife. (Or,…