Philadelphia Phillies fire manager Charlie Manuel; Name interim Ryne Sandberg

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Charlie Manuel

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The following statement is from the Philadelphia Phillies:

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced a managerial change effective with tonight’s 7:05 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, replacing Charlie Manuel with third base coach Ryne Sandberg.

Manuel, 69, has spent the last nine seasons (2005-13) at the helm of the Phillies and went 780-636 (.551), managing the club to more wins than any other manager in franchise history. From 2007-11, the club won five consecutive National League East Division titles, two NL pennants and a World Series championship. Also in that timeframe, the Phillies posted the best record in the NL (473-337) and second-best record, overall, in Major League Baseball, trailing the New York Yankees (478-332) by only five games. In the postseason, Manuel’s Phillies teams posted a 27-19 (.587) record.

This past Monday, Manuel became the 59th manager in major league history to notch 1,000 wins.

Prior to being named manager for the 2005 season, Manuel spent two years (2003-04) working for the Phillies as a special assistant to then-GM Ed Wade.

With Sandberg replacing Manuel for the remainder of the 2013 season, Juan Samuel will assume third base coaching duties and Wally Joyner will become the first base coach.

Ryne Sandberg Named Interim Manager

Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg (mcall.com)

Ryne Sandberg has been named interim manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, effective with tonight’s 7:05 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Sandberg, 53, has spent the 2013 season as the Phillies third base coach, his first major league coaching position. This year is his third in the Phillies organization, having served the first two as the manager for triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he went 155-132 (.540) and led the team to their first playoff appearance.

Before joining the Phillies, Sandberg managed four years in the Chicago Cubs minor league system, leading his clubs to two first-place finishes. He has an overall managerial record of 439-409-1 (.517) in the minor leagues.

A 2005 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Sandberg was originally drafted by the Phillies in 1978 and made his major league debut with the team in September of 1981 before being traded to the Cubs. He played 15 years for Chicago and finished his career with a .285 batting average, 282 home runs and 1,061 RBI in 2,164 games.

In addition to Sandberg being named manager, first base coach Juan Samuel will now be the third base coach and assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner will be the first base coach.