The Phillies have called a 2:30 press conference to announce that Charlie Manuel is out as the Phils Manager and will be replaced by 3rd Base Coach Ryne Sandberg for the remainder of the year. There are no details to report at this time whether the team has made any commitment to Sandberg beyond 2013.
Manuel is in his eighth season as the Phils skipper and just notched his 1,000th major league managing victory Monday night. He is the Phillies all-time winningest manager posting a 780-636 record, good for a .551 winning percentage with the Phils. Manuel lead the team to five straight NL East flags from 2007-2011, including two trips to the World Series.
In 2008 Manuel became just the second manager in Phillies history to ever win a World Series, beating Tampa Bay in five games. In 2009, while attempting to defend their championship the Phils fell in six games to the NY Yankees. In 2011 the Phils set a single-season record of 102 wins under Charlie Manuel.
Since the 2011 season things have not gone so well for the Phillies. Last year the team struggled to finish at 81-81, marking the first time since 2002 the Phils had not finished above .500. This season has been marred by inconsistent play and injuries. Not much has gone right for the Phils. They’re currently in 4th place in the NL East with a 53-67 record.
More to come…