In 25 games as manager of the Phillies, Sandberg has not used the same lineup for consecutive days. He's come close, frequently using Cesar Hernandez or Roger Bernadina in the leadoff spot with Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in the Nos. 2 and 3 holes.
But for 25 games, it's been 25 different sets of names and that's likely continue for the rest of the year as Sandberg and the Phillies stage the late-season tryouts for next year.
1.) Cesar Hernandez, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Kevin Frandsen, 1b
4.) Carlos Ruiz, c
5.) Darin Ruf, lf
6.) Cody Asche, 3b
7.) Freddy Galvis, 2b
8.) John Mayberry Jr., rf
9.) Cliff Lee, p
1.) Chris Denorfia, cf
2.) Chase Headley, 3b
3.) Jedd Gyorko, 2b
4.) Jesus Guzman, lf
5.) Kyle Blanks, rf
6.) Tommy Medica, 1b
7.) Ronny Cedeno, ss
8.) Nick Hundley, c
9.) Eric Stults, p
When it's September and there isn't much else to talk about with the manager during the pregame powwows, the conversation can drift a bit. Before Wednesday's game, Sandberg explained how he got his nickname, "Ryno," and how his parents settled on the name, Ryne.
Ryno was bestowed on Sandberg by Harry Caray and he was named Ryne by his parents after fireballing right-hander, Ryne Duren.
"I was called 'Ryan' for about 20 years. It was wrong," Sandberg said. "So Ryno worked. My early days with the Phillies, in major-league camp and spring training, I got the name 'Sandy.' Kind of worked. Then went to 'Ryno,' which I was happy with because it wasn’t Ryan."
Sandberg said his parents weren't really big baseball fans, but when living in Minneapolis they got to see plenty of games.
"I was named after Ryne Duren, pitcher for the Yankees in the '50s," Sandberg said. "I had an older brother named Del after Del Ennis. For parents that weren’t really baseball fans, they were sports fans. They lived in Minneapolis for some years and went to some games. Somewhere, the Phillies came through and they saw Del Ennis then saw Ryne Duren pitch."
Ennis was out of baseball after the 1959 season and Duren played for the Phillies for parts of the 1963, 1964 and 1965 seasons. One spring training while coming up with the Phillies, Sandberg got to meet Duren.
"He used to say his last two warmups would go halfway up to the backstop as if he can’t see. Then the hitter steps in there. That was part of his ammo. Big bottle glasses," Sandberg recalled. "As a minor leaguer, probably ‘79, my second year in pro ball, Ryne Duren was making the rounds through the minor leagues talking about alcoholism and things like that. He actually came and spoke to the minor league system and the Carpenter Complex and I was right there in the room. Afterwards, I went up and introduced myself. ‘Ryne, I’m named after you. Ryne Sandberg. Nice to meet you.’ I’m 19-years old. People mispronounced my name, yours is the one responsible for that. That was cool. So then it’s probably 1989 or 1990, he was making rounds for something through Chicago, so now I’m eight years into the big leagues and all that. I’m taking batting practice and he wanders up to the batting cage and goes, ‘Hey Ryne remember me? I’m Ryne Duren, you were named after me.’ Tables turned a little bit. He came up all bashful. It was pretty cool."