Major League sources confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday that the Cardinals have asked, and will receive, permission from the Phillies to interview Ryne Sandberg for their managerial opening.
Sandberg, 52, is a Hall of Fame second baseman and served this year as the manager for the Phillies' Triple-A Lehigh Valley affiliate. A FOXSports.com reporter first reported the request on Twitter.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wrote Wednesday in an email that he would not comment until the club has formulated its public strategy regarding its search for a manager. Tony La Russa retired Monday after 16 seasons in St. Louis and 33 in the Major Leagues.
Sandberg is best known as a star player with the Cubs, for whom he played all but one of his 16 Major League seasons. Chicago now has a managing vacancy, but the club's new president, Theo Epstein, said Wednesday that he will only hire someone with prior Major League managing or coaching experience. Sandberg has none.
However, St. Louis has expressed no such restrictions. The only requirement laid out Monday by Mozeliak or principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. is some sort of managing experience, and Sandberg has spent the past five seasons as a Triple-A manager. He was the Pacific Coast League's Manager of the Year in 2010 with the Iowa Cubs.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.