Sandberg to return as Cubs team ambassador

Sandberg to return as Cubs team ambassador

CHICAGO -- Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will rejoin the Cubs as an ambassador to the team, with an official announcement expected this weekend at the Cubs Convention.

Sandberg, 56, who played 15 seasons with the Cubs from 1982-94 and again from 1996-97, was on the list of attendees at the Cubs Convention, which officially opens Friday. A team official said details of Sandberg's role would likely be announced at the fanfest.

A nine-time Gold Glove Award winner and Most Valuable Player Award winner with the Cubs, Sandberg was back at Wrigley Field last October when he threw out a ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals.

He was named the Phillies' interim manager in August 2013 when Charlie Manuel was fired, and then given a three-year contract in September of that year. But Sandberg resigned last June after the Phillies posted a 26-48 record.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.