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August 16, 2013
On the night where the Phillies had proposed to celebrate Charlie Manuel's 1,000th career victory, they instead announced that they would part ways with Charlie after nine seasons, two NL championships, one world series victory and a franchisee record 780 wins. Ruben Amaro called a press conference on Friday at 2:30PM and it was immediately known that this was it for Charlie.
The season has been a wash since the All-Star break and the Phillies have nothing to play for. The young players are making their way to the MLB line-up and rotation, as Cody Asche and Ethan Martin show Philadelphia what they have to offer. It was a questionable call by upper management to fire Charlie with only 41 games left in the 2013 season.
Manuel made it known to the media that he didn't give up, didn't quit and didn't resign, this was a cold blood firing of a manager that has done nothing but good things for this organization and city. The past two seasons Manuel has been offered some of the worst of the worst MLB starters in Laynce Nix, Delmon Young, Michael Martinez, John McDonald and John Mayberry. Not to mention the injuries of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Ben Revere. If this firing shows anything, it shows that Charlie Manuel was a scapegoat for a much larger problem.
In the same press conference, Ruben Amaro Jr announced that third base coach Ryne Sandberg would be the"interim" manager for the remainder of 2013 season. It is expected that Ryne Sandberg will serve as more than just the interim manager and will be signed to be the manager for the Phillies in the offseason.
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