DES MOINES, Ia.-It is an unprecedented American journey, a backpack of humble unlike anything professional baseball has seen.
Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is in his fourth season as a minor league baseball manager. He served two seasons in Peoria, Ill. before moving to the double play shadows of Dollywood in Western Tennessee and now for the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines (metro pop. 563,000).
No Hall of Famer has paid his managerial dues like this.
"Maybe Frank Robinson, who went to winter ball for two years but he was still playing," Sandberg said on his bench before his I-Cubs dropped a double header to the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Yes, teams are called Isotopes in minor league baseball.....