Charlie Manuel has managed the Phillies since 2005. Since then, the Phillies own a National League overall record of 727-569, five straight division championships from 2007-2001 and a World Series title in 2008. Earlier this week, Manuel earned his 1,000th career win as a MLB manager.
Since winning a franchise best 102 games in 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies have been on a steady decline. They finished 81-81 last season and currently own a 53-67 record for 2013, losing 19 of their last 23 games. They are on pace for their first losing season since 2002.
Phillies’ General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had already informed Manuel that he would not be returning to the Phillies in 2014, he decided that today was as good of a day as any to let Manuel go.
I didn't see any reason to have him go through the last 40 games knowing he wasn't going to be back," said Amaro Jr. at Friday’s press conference. That wouldn't have been fair.
Ryne Sandberg takes over the club with about six weeks remaining in the regular season. Sandberg was hired by Manuel as the third base coach at the start of the 2013 season. He is a Hall of Fame second baseman for the Chicago Cubs and has a 439-409-1 record as a manager in the minor leagues. His record as manager in the majors will begin tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.