It sounds like the Charlie Manuel era in Philadelphia will draw to a close shortly. Via CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury:
Phillies to make manager change, sources say. Press at 230.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) August 16, 2013
Ryne Sandberg has been named Charlie Manuel’s replacement. Wally Joyner will coach first. Juan Samuel moves to third.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) August 16, 2013
Recently, Manuel expressed interest in continuing to manage, so it seems as if GM Ruben Amaro simply wasn’t interested in moving forward with Manuel at the helm. Third base coach Ryne Sandberg is presumed to be the successor, but that is simply speculation.
Manuel has won 780 games and lost 636 (.531). The team’s victory over the Braves on Monday was the 1,000th of Manuel’s managerial career.
We have certainly disagreed with some of Manuel’s decisions over the years, but the Phillies’ failure, particularly between last year and this year, have not been his fault. As storybook as it would have been to let him go out on a high note and under his own power, the final 42 games are likely to be just as painful as the 24 since the All-Star break in which the team has gone 5-19. It seems like the organization knew they would not move forward with Manuel, but waited for him to get win #1,000 to make the change.