There has been a shake up at the Philadelphia Phillies. ESPN reported on Aug. 16, 2013 that Charlie Manuel was fired as manager by the Phillies and has been replaced by Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis. The Phillies told Manuel that his contract would not be renewed, as Manuel made it clear that he didn't resign. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. broke down in tears after he made the announcement and said the former manager still has a job with the team if he wants it.
Manuel has commented, "I'm mad because they took the best seat in the house from me." He also said, "I enjoyed every bit of it." Between 2007-11, the Phillies made the playoffs for five straight seasons, and won the World Series in 2008, but lost in 2009. However, the Phillies missed the playoffs last season and are now stuck in fourth place in the NL East this season.
The Phillies are more than 20 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. Sandberg, at 53-years-old, has spent this season as third-base coach for the Phillies. The past two seasons he was the Phillies' Triple-A manager, and lead Lehigh Valley to its first playoff appearance.
The Chicago Tribune has reported Manuel is out as manager and Sandberg will lead the Phillies for the remainder of the season. At this time the Phillies are 53-67 and are now headed to what would turn out to be their first losing season in Manuel’s nine-year tenure. Manuel holds the record for most career wins by a Phillies manager with 699. However, the Phillies have struggled greatly since the All-Star break, losing 19 of their last 23 games.