Phillies fire Charlie Manuel, Ryne Sandberg takes over as manager

The Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Charlie Manuel on Friday.

Ryne Sandberg will take over the duties of managing the Phillies. Sandberg has previously managed in the minor leagues and was serving as the Phillies third base coach. Ironically the Phillies were the first team that the Hall of Fame second baseman played for during his 16 year career.


The news is hardly surprisingly with Manuel turning 70 before the start of next season and the Phillies failing to meet expectations for the second straight year.

Under Manuel the Phillies won the 2008 World Series and captured the NL East title from 2007-2011. Last season the Phillies finished 81-81 and they are currently fourth in the East this season at 53-67. Overall the Phillies are 780-636 under the 69-year-old.

Earlier Friday the Phillies placed pitcher John Lannan on the disabled list with a knee injury. B.J. Rosenberg has been recalled to occupy his roster spot.

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