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Charlie Manuel Fired Ryne Sandberg Hired

The Philadelphia Phillies announced at a 2:30 Friday press conference that long time manager, Charlie Manuel, has been fired and former Chicago Cubs great, Ryne Sandberg has been hired on a supposed interim basis.

Obviously, if things go well for Sandberg the rest of the season, odds are high that he will be hired full-time.

The 70-year old Manuel has been the Phillies field general since 2005 and compiled a 780-636 record during that time.  He won five NL East championships, two National League championships and one World Series.

This past Tuesday, Manuel won his 1000th major league managerial game in Atlanta.  After the game the Phillies players all signed a base and presented it to their beleaguered manager.  Little did Manuel and his players know at the time that it would be his last win as the Phillies manager.

Sandberg, who was Manuel’s third base coach, has been rumored to be Manuel’s successor for some time.  Sandberg had his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Cubs, but he was originally drafted by the Phllies.  Sandberg managed in the Cubs’ minor league system from 2007-10, but joined the Phillies after being passed over for the Cubs’ head job.

Manuel, who will turn 70 in January, finished with a very good 27-19 post season record.