BREAKING: Charlie Manuel fired, Ryne Sandberg to coach Phillies
Sandberg will manage the Phillies against the Los Angeles Dodgers in tonight's game.
CSNPhilly broke the news that the Phillies would fire Charlie Manuel prior to today's press conference. Manuel goes out as the Phillies' all-time winningest coach, with a 780-636 record. Manuel managed the Phillies to a World Series title in 2008.
"We’re making a managerial change that is in the best interest of the future of the organization," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said at the press conference. "As we talked a little bit further, it became evident the best course of action would be to make this change immediately as we begin to transition by offering the managerial position to Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis."
It is incredibly bizarre that they made poor Charlie Manuel sit there as his firing was announced (seen at left). Manuel looks like he's itching to to punch the daylights of out of that little twerp GM to his left.
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Manuel was fired and did not resign. "I did not resign. I did not quit," Manuel is quoted as saying.
"I'm mad because they took the best seat in the house from me," Charlie Manuel told ESPN after his firing. "I enjoyed every bit of it."