Spurned for the top job by the Chicago Cubs, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will be a regular visitor to Buffalo next season as he was hired Monday by the Phillies to be the manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Sandberg replaces Dave Huppert, who had three mostly brutal seasons in Lehigh Valley. Since taking over as the Phils' top affiliate from Ottawa for the 2008 season, the Allentown, Pa.-based team has not been over .500 for a single day of its three seasons.
Lehigh Valley will be in Buffalo to meet the Bisons for a pair of four-game series, April 22-25 and June 28-July 1.
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