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BREAKING: Phillies call press conference, manager change expected

  • David Whitlock

After an extremely disappointing 53-67 record through the first three-quarters of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to announce the relief of duty of manager Charlie Manuel at a 2:30 EDT (Friday) press conference.  The story was tweeted by Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia:

Manuel is the winningest manager in Phillies franchise history in his nine seasons beginning with the 2005 campaign.  The highlight of his tenure was a World Series championship in 2008, followed by an NL Pennant in 2009.

Credit: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Manuel’s 780 wins are the most in franchise history
Credit: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

There’s been no immediate speculation who would replace Manuel for the remainder of the year, but an intriguing candidate would be Hall of Fame 2B (and current Phillies 3B coach) Ryne Sandberg.  “Ryno” has been a candidate for a number of managerial positions in the past few seasons after three successful seasons at the Iowa (Cubs) and Lehigh Valley (Phillies) AAA teams from 2010 – 2012.  He was the Baseball America minor league manager of the year in 2011.

** Post-press conference update, Sandberg was named interim manager **

The 69-year-old Manuel has always been popular with fans, media, and his baseball colleagues, but the Phillies are in a position where the winds of change will be sweeping through the City of Brotherly Love, and this is probably the first gust.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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