Milwaukee, I Have an IdeaIf I worked for the Milwaukee Brewers, I would encourage the team to make the following move immediately. Hire Ryne Sandberg as manager for the 2011 season.
Today, the Chicago Cubs made the decision to hire Mike Quade as the new manager beginning with the 2011 season. His contract is a two-year deal. In order to make this move, the team had to part ways with Ryne Sandberg, a cherished icon and Hall-of-Famer. Sandberg expressed that he was disappointed and his future with the Cubs would be uncertain. He plans to look elsewhere.
Honestly, I think Sandberg might be best suited to snag his first managerial gig outside of the Cubs organization. This way he can make his mistakes elsewhere and truly learn his trade. When the time is right, and if he is ready, the Cubs will welcome him back with open arms. Ozzie Guillen learned under Bobby Cox as a coach with the Atlanta Braves. When he returned to Chicago as manager of the White Sox, the results were almost immediate.
Now why do I think Sandberg makes sense for the Brewers? Milwaukee is close enough to Chicago that Miller Park will notice a boost in attendance. Miller Park frequently sells out when the Cubs travel north. If they hired Sandberg, I guarantee Cubs fans will travel north more frequently to non-Cubs/Brewers game throughout the season. On top of that, they would steal a Cubs legend. The Brewers already have established stars in Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. The Brewers have a crop of young players making their way north to the big club. Up to this point, Sandberg has worked well with minor leaguers. Both teams are in the National League Central Division. The rivalry will get an added twist.
I'm not saying this will guarantee winning results in Milwaukee, but I believe that could win the public relations war with the Cubs.