Report: Phillies to Fire Charlie Manuel, Ryne Sandberg to Be Named New Manager

The Phillies announced early Friday afternoon that they would have a 2:30 p.m. press conference. Not long after that, the reported news was out.

The Phillies will be making a managerial change and will be moving on from current skipper Charlie Manuel, according to CSN Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury. CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler is reporting the Phillies will hire Ryne Sandberg as their new manager.¬†Sandberg spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons in the Philadelphia system as the organization’s Triple-A manager. In two seasons with Lehigh Valley, Sandberg went 155-132.

Manuel is in his ninth season as Phillies manager. His record is 780-636 over that time. The Phillies won the World Series in 2008 under Manuel and they returned to the Fall Classic in 2009 but fell to the Yankees.

Manuel led Philly to five consecutive division titles from 2007 through 2011. However, the Phils went just 81-81 last season and are 53-67 this year.

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