Cubs name Sandberg manager of Class A Peoria Chiefs

Updated: December 5, 2006, 1:10 PM ET

CHICAGO -- "Ryno" wants to return to the big leagues.

The Chicago Cubs on Tuesday announced that Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will manage the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League in 2007.

It will be the first managerial position for the 47-year-old Sandberg, who starred at second base for the Cubs throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He has served as a spring training instructor for the Cubs over the last four years.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of teaching young men in the Cubs system the right way to play the game," Sandberg said. "My ultimate goal is to use this experience to become a big league manager."

Sandberg was a 10-time National League All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005, his third year of eligibility.

One of four Cubs to have his number retired by the club, Sandberg holds the major league record for fielding percentage by a second baseman (.989).

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