January 23, 2015

And Your New Durham Bulls Manager is...

Jared Sandberg!

Who is he, you ask?

He played on a lot of the Bulls teams in the early 2000's when I began to go out to the ballpark frequently. He's the nephew of Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. He's one of the first players that I tracked down to get an in person auto(shown above). I had hoped that he would be a fixture in the Tampa infield for years, but as we all know, it didn't work out that way. He only played in the majors for parts of three seasons and last played on an MLB field in 2003. He bounced around the minors until being released by the Kansas City Royals organization in July 2007. He retired from playing at that point. He's been working his way back through the Rays minor league system since being named manager of the rookie league Princeton Rays after the 2008 season. He made a single season stop at Bowling Green with the Single-A Hot Rods and last season he moved up to the High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs. Today, he was officially named the 2015 Durham Bulls Manager. He's a guy that has his work cut out for him, following in the footsteps of Charlie Montoyo(the winningest manager in franchise history).

Here's hoping he makes a successful jump to Triple-A this season! Best of luck Mr. Sandberg. Let's Go Bulls!!!

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