Former Tampa Bay Rays infielder Jared Sandberg, the nephew of Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, has been named the new manager of the Durham Bulls, the Rays’ triple-A affiliate.

Sandberg replaces Charlie Montoyo who has been promoted to the big leagues and will serve on Kevin Cash’s staff with the Rays.

The 36-year-old Sandberg has quickly risen through the ranks, spending the 2014 season managing the high-A Charlotte Stone Crabs after just one season with the low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods.

Here is a recent video of Sandberg discussing his time in the Rays’ organization as a player and his role as a minor league manager.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Rays are one of several teams that have shown interest in Cuban second baseman Yoan Moncada. [MLB Pro Blog]
  • Students in a high school class in Indiana were each assigned a city and told to create a baseball franchise. But instead of just making up a random team, they were told to move the Rays to the city and rebrand it. Why? I have no idea. [ElhartTruth]

Rays prospect Mikie Mahtook talks about attending the recent development program at The Trop.

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  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    If the teacher truly knew anything about the history of baseball he'd realize that this kind of relocation talk happens every few years when MLB is trying to help the local team hold up the locals for a new stadium. There are multiple examples of this over the last 25 years and Montreal is the only team to have been moved. Since TV contracts are now such a huge moneymaker for teams even in comparison to ticket sales and the Rays get great TV ratings, chances of their moving are overblown.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      The teacher was probably just creating a fun project and needed some data to make it work so instead of creating fake numbers why not just pick a team (one that just so happens to be connected to a long-shot move) and use all the available real data... I think it's a great idea; but then again, I'm a teacher.

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  2. mep645 says:

    Stadiums, Stadiums. The possible moving of a team is an old developer tactic. Both San Diego and Miami and their taxpayers fell for the " build us a new stadium or we will leave town and you will loose jobs". With new stadiums, the history of their attendance is poor. Maybe with all of their new players, SD will improve. Make sure and review the attendance charts that chart the percentage of filling the stadium rather than just numbers of seats filled per game. Statistics can be made to show whatever is your wish.

    TheTwins have had three stadiums since 1960. The present stadium was cheapened by being built with no roof. With truly crappy weather in Minneapolis, this was a big mistake.

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