Manuel to Be Replaced
Manager Charlie Manuel just won his 1,000th career game as manager Monday in Atlanta, but this season has been a disappointment.
Manuel, 69, also is in the final year of his contract, and it had been expected the Phillies would make a change following the season. It seems the team’s freefall in the National League East standings – the Phillies have lost 19 of their last 23 games – has accelerated that timetable.
A source said the Phillies front office has discussed possible scenarios for a managerial change in recent weeks, although until recently nothing had been decided. The Phillies front office held a conference call in the afternoon to discuss the change.
Phillies third base Ryne Sandberg is most likely to replace Manuel as an interim manager through the end of the season. He has been the heir apparent to Manuel since he joined the coaching staff in the offseason.
CSNPhilly.com first reported the change.