Posted August 16, 2013

Phillies fire manager Charlie Manuel, promote Ryne Sandberg

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The Phillies will fire manager Charlie Manuel. (G Flume/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Phillies will fire manager Charlie Manuel after eight plus seasons. (G Flume/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Phillies fired long-time manager Charlie Manuel on Friday and replaced him with Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg.

Sandberg was promoted as the team’s third base coach and infield instructor last October.

Manuel had been managing the Phillies since the beginning of the 2005 season, and posted a record of 780-636 in that time.

Philadelphia won a World Series title in 2008 and returned to the World Series in 2009, but were beaten by the New York Yankees. In 12 seasons as a manager with the Phillies and Cleveland Indians, Manuel, 69, has a record of 1,000-826.

This season, the Phillies have struggled to a 53-67 record and have been devastated by injuries to first baseman Ryan Howard and pitcher Roy Halladay.


32 comments
DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

It would nice to read tomorrow morning that the NATIONALS have made Charlie Maneul the interim manager as Davey Johnson retires.

Jayson Werth credits Manuel for the player he is today.  He said that Manuel's aloofness toward his players is reserved for players he feels are NOT playing to their potential or not approaching/respecting The Game.  Werth says that Manuel became a father to him, once he figured it out.

BTW...Werth is hitting over .500 for August and was Player of the Month in July.

It's just what The Natural (Bryce Harper) needs...and just may keept Harper from donning pinstripes in the future.

Philly_in_ROC
Philly_in_ROC

A total knee jerk reaction.  Management wants to justify their office chair position by "doing something".  Can't fire the team (lot of extenuating circumstances) fire the manager.  I would fire Ruben before CHOLLY, although neither moves make my team better at this moment.

GerardPlourde1
GerardPlourde1

Charlie is only the second manager in the franchise's history to bring home a World Series Championship. He is also the only manager to manage to take the Phillies to back-to-back World Series. As a lifelong Philadelphian and a survivor of the 1964 debacle, I can only say "Thank you, Charlie. You did good."

Dodgerswinagain
Dodgerswinagain

I'm not a Philly fan , but Charlie did a great job. I agree with the people who said he should have been asked to leave after the season. He deserved that much after taking the Phils to 2 World Series and winning 1. Good luck Charlie. Some team will be lucky to have him as a manager

Alan H
Alan H

Not a Phillies fan, but I think Manual did a fabulous job for many years with this team. Some poor moves and aging talent were not his fault.  I feel like this organization could have paid him the proper respect by allowing him to finish out the season and retire with dignity.  I hope they give Ryno a fair shot!

Rubeisaboob
Rubeisaboob

There is a mistake it this article.  The Phillies have not been devastated by injuries to Howard and Halladay.  They were horrible before both of them went on the DL.  I think Mr. Scooby meant they have been devastated by a series of bad decisions by their moronic GM, the Boob.

RanBirkins
RanBirkins

Not defending either Charlie or Rubem, because I do not like either man's performance.  But this entire fiasco could have been totally avoided.  Charlie SHOULD have retired at the end of LAST season, and transitioned smoothly to assist Ruben in the front office.  And if Charlie did not WANT to retire after last season, Ruben should have FORCED the issue and told Charlie, retire or you're fired.  Charlie should have seen the writing on the wall THEN (and then during this season) and known we could not risk losing Sandberg to another managerial job.  If Charlie REALLY loved the Phillies, he would have fallen on his sword and "taken one for the team", and there would be only warm fuzzy thoughts all around.  Instead he caused this ugly scene and forced his own firing.  Charlie and Ruben are equally to blame.

JoannaSorensen
JoannaSorensen

So Charlie is the scapegoat. After 5 consecutive years of decline, under GM Amaro, rading some of the best players to where the uniform Charlie takes the rap for him. Shame, shame, shame.

houndstoothunderwear
houndstoothunderwear

Obviously Charlie made somebody mad enough to where they wanted to fire him BEFORE he could honored...ever thought about that ?

Face it...Rain and umpiring won that 2008 Series not the Phils and not him...


PhillyPhan4Life
PhillyPhan4Life

While i agree it was time for Charlie to move on, the timing is just classless by the Phillies. He was in the last year of his contract, the team is going nowhere and he was suppose to be honored before tonights game. Pathetic! Charlie deserved to finish out the year and go off into the sunset on his own terms.  Ruin Tomorrow Jr. should have been shown the door long before Charlie. 

PhilsEagles6ers
PhilsEagles6ers

Thanks for the great years Charlie. Hopefully Ryne can be just as great. At the same time, the timing was pretty bad. Another botched move by Ruben.

graffix000
graffix000

Classless act.  Why not wait to the end of the season.  Guess they think Sandberg is going to bring them back from 20.5 games out...

Charliegone
Charliegone

Amaro is the biggest classless toolbag GM I have seen in a while. They should be firing this guy.

BarneyFairmont
BarneyFairmont

Had to be done or risk losing Sandberg to another team that fires their manager.  Pick up your check on the way out Charlie.

riley8
riley8

They were looking for ANY reason to promote Ryne.  Apparently injuries are the manager's fault.

dcs1256
dcs1256

Low class move but what would you expect from a team from Philadelphia?  The guy is 69 and has gotten you to two WS in seven seasons.  Charlie, you deserve better.

DScott
DScott

Sad. Charlie is amazing. I won't be attending any more games this year. And none next year unless Sandberg surprises me.


Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

53-67 with a 175 million payroll.  

SunburnXJ
SunburnXJ

They went downhill as soon as Amaro was calling the shots.  Horrible GM.  Good luck to anyone who replaces him.

Korzagg
Korzagg

@RanBirkins You could have brought Connie Mac in and the results would have been the same with the crap RAJ gave cholly to work with

eddie767
eddie767

@BarneyFairmont The only way they would've lost Sandberg is if he didn't want to be in Philly. Charlie was in last yr of contract and wasn't getting another one. So firing him,less than 24hrs before he was to be honored,was a f%#:#d up move.

GerardPlourde1
GerardPlourde1

@dcs1256 

Your comment proves you know nothing about Philadelphia fans. We may be tough but we are loyal. We appreciate effort and heart. We don't blame Charlie. We know he's been scapegoated. We blame Ruben Amaro who squandered the talent Pat Gillick left him.

belindian
belindian

@Cinti-fan The Phillies should have known that old players like Rollins, Howard and Halladay wouldn't be worth the money they were paying them at this point in their careers.  They got a World Series out of them but now it's time to rebuild.