Sandberg, Ryne

Ryne Dee Sandberg
Born: September 18, 1959, Spokane, Washington
Bats: 
Right
Throws: 
Right
Played For: 
Philadelphia Phillies (1981), Chicago Cubs (1982-1994, 1996-1997)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 2005
Biography: 

Dazzling defensive flair and a tremendous knack for power enabled Ryne Sandberg to join the list of greats at second base. As the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1984, Sandberg led the Chicago Cubs to their first postseason appearance since 1945. His amazing range and strong, accurate throwing arm led to nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards at the keystone position and helped him pace NL second basemen in assists seven times, and in fielding average and total chances four times each. With the bat, Sandberg launched 282 career home runs, and in 1990, he become the first second baseman since Davey Johnson in 1973 to hit 40 homers in a single season.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Ryne Sandberg's parents chose his first name after seeing the name of Yankees pitcher Ryne Duren headlined in a newspaper?
I am not the type of person who can be satisfied with anything less than my very best effort and my very top performance.