Phillies fire manager Manuel, promote Sandberg

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 4:03 PM
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PHILADELPHIA — Charlie Manuel was fired this afternoon as manager of the Philadelphia  Phillies , with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.

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Manuel was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies ' third-base coach. Sandberg managed the   Phillies ' Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons.

The team said Sandberg will take over beginning with Friday night's game against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. He was introduced at a news conference before the game.

The   Phillies   have lost 19 of 24 since last month's All-Star break. They are in fourth place and 20½ games out of first in the NL East.

The 69-year-old Manuel has been a folksy presence in the   Phillies ' dugout since the beginning of the 2005 season. He led Philadelphia to a World Series title in 2008 and brought the team back to the series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees.

Manuel was 780-636 with the   Phillies   and won five straight NL East titles from 2007-2011. He also spent three years as manager with the Cleveland Indians, winning the AL Central in 2001.

Even with an aging roster, the   Phillies   were expected to contend in the NL East this season, but the team has fallen apart.

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay has missed most of the season with an injury. Slugger Ryan Howard also has been out with an injury. High-priced reliever Jonathan Papelbon has struggled to close, and apart from Chase Utley and Dominic Brown the   Phillies   haven't hit much.

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rmwhitley 08/16/13 - 05:00 pm
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will live to regret this decision. Charlie, now you can turn around the mets or marlins.

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