Ryne Sandberg was a National League MVP, 10-time All-Star, and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner as a second baseman.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.
But now the Cubs’ great Ryne Sandberg just revealed this very sad news.
Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg has revealed that he has been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
“Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers”
Sandberg announced the news on Instagram and included pictures of himself and his family.
“To my Chicago Cubs, National Baseball Hall of Fame, extended Baseball Family, the city of Chicago, and all my loyal fans, I want to share some personal news,” Sandberg’s statement reads.
“Last week, I learned that I have been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.”
“I have begun treatment, and I am surrounded by my loving wife Margaret, our incredibly supportive family, the best medical care team, and our dear friends. We will continue to be positive and strong and fight to beat this. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for me and my family.”
At this point, it is unknown how early the cancer was detected or what the prognosis is for Sandberg.
When detected early, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, and the death rate from the disease is only around 3%.
Sandberg’s legion of fans are hopeful it was detected early and that the treatments will be effective.
A long and storied career
Sanberg was a long-time fan favorite during his time as a Chicago Cub.
He was a National League MVP, 10-time All-Star, and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner as a Cubs second baseman.
He won the MVP in 1984 with a .314 batting average and 19 home runs.
He also led the majors with 19 triples that year.
And 1984 was also the first time he made the MLB All-Star Game.
During his career, Sandberg hit a solid .285 average with a .795 OPS and a total of 282 home runs.
In 1978, at age 18, Sandberg began his professional career after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sandberg played for the Helena Phillies in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. In his first professional season, Sandberg played exclusively at shortstop and hit .311 with a .390 OBP, 1 home run, 15 stolen bases, and 23 RBIs in 56 games.
Sandberg got his start in the majors in 1981, playing one season for the Philadelphia Phillies.
The rest of his 16-year career was played as a Chicago Cub.
On March 2, 1992, Sandberg became the highest-paid player in pro baseball at the time when he signed a $28.4 million (worth $59,224,472 today) four-year extension worth $7.1 million ($14,806,118 today) a season.
After playing 15 seasons for the Cubs, Sandberg retired after the 1997 season.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 on his third ballot.
Sandberg ended his baseball career where he had started it with the Philadelphia Phillies.
He served as manager of the Phillies from 2013-2015.
We join with all Sandeberg’s fans in praying he beats prostate cancer.
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