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Ryne Sandberg's Philadelphia Phillies' tenure isn't secure

Sandberg is hardly to blame for the Phillies' tenuous situation.
Sandberg is hardly to blame for the Phillies' tenuous situation.
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Ryne Sandberg is the Philadelphia Phillies manager. But, how long will he choose, or be allowed, to stay in his post?

The story of Sandberg's rise through Philadelphia's minor league system, infamous trade to the Chicago Cubs, subsequent Hall of Fame playing career and seemingly divinely guided return to the Phillies' organization is known. Even though he's working in the early-innings of his first major league managerial job, it's fair to wonder if he will remain in red pinstripes indefinitely.

The Phillies are six seasons past their World Championship season. More importantly, they've missed the playoffs during the past two seasons.

General manager Ruben Amaro Junior's decision to lure 'Ryno' back home in November 2010, was noteworthy. At that time, a successor to Charlie Manuel clearly was being established. Sandberg's elevation to Manuel's staff in the fall of 2012 enabled a late-season dugout transition in 2013.

Considering the apparent roster purgatory that the Phillies appear to be playing through, Amaro's position is clearly in the spotlight. If he were to be deposed, at any point, Sandberg could also go. But, even if he would remain under a new front office boss other organizations might offer a more attractive future to one of baseball's great guys.

Amaro has been criticized for hanging on to a number of players who are past their prime. If that assessment is apt, than it stands to reason that he was slow to reshuffle the coaching staff as well.

While the entire management team has played a heavy role in all big money choices that have been made, the Phillies' GM seems likely to take the blame for a half-empty ballpark and many bills still to be paid. Sandberg is hardly to blame for the Phillies' tenuous situation, yet his tenure may well be affected by factors that remain out of his control.