Charlie Manuel fired as Phillies manager

BREAKING: Charlie Manuel fired, Ryne Sandberg to coach Phillies

8/16/13 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - Charlie Manuel fired as Phillies managerTwenty games out of first place is not cutting it anymore for Charlie Manuel in Philadelphia. The Phillies announced at a press conference today that Manuel is being immediately relieved of his duties as manager, with third base coach Ryne Sandberg getting the Phillies manager job going forward.

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."

Blog Photo - Charlie Manuel fired as Phillies managerIt 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."
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8/16/13   |   Scott   |   51939 respect

Dan_B wrote:
I feel like something else is in play here. Seems like an odd time to get rid of Manuel. Maybe he had a disagreement about something?

Even if they did, Manuel can't be blamed for the declined success of this team in recent years. He didn't trade for a 38 year old Michael Young. He didn't refuse to trade a 35 year old Cliff Lee or give a 2 year extension to a 35 year old Chase Utley. Manuel can only work with what Amaro gives him and that has been an aging team.

8/16/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Scott wrote:
Until Rueben Amaro Jr. stops giving out huge contracts and extensions to players past their prime, it won't matter who is managing the Phillies.

I feel like something else is in play here. Seems like an odd time to get rid of Manuel. Maybe he had a disagreement about something?

8/16/13   |   Scott   |   51939 respect

Until Rueben Amaro Jr. stops giving out huge contracts and extensions to players past their prime, it won't matter who is managing the Phillies.