Halloween 2008 the Phillies organization and the city sang the praises of Charlie Manuel as he led his team down Broad Street after winning the World Series. Less than five seasons later, the skipper is out, as the 2013 Phillies flounder somewhere towards the bottom of their league. The announcement came this afternoon August 16, 2013.
In the social media world, which comprises of most of the fans that buy the tickets, the denizens are not too happy. Some have claimed Rueben Amaro Jr. should be going, as the General Manager , since he gave Charlie the team he has. Charlie is loved in the region. His southern drawl and affable personality will be missed.
Ryne Sanberg, third base coach has been elevated to fill the Manuel's position until the end of the year. Many comments are directed at the Phillies front office for firing Manuel in mid-season, not even having enough class to allow him to finish out the season, one angry poster said on Facebook.
The last time the Phillies were in the world series was in1980. Manuel took them there and completed the job, two decades later, in 2008. Charlies talents as manager will be fought over by many major league teams. A decision has not been announced yet.
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