The Phillies have made a managerial change, replacing Charlie Manuel with third-base coach and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg. The move is effective immediately -- Sandberg will manage the Phillies Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
First-base coach Juan Samuel will assume Sandberg's duties at third base, with assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner taking over for Samuel at first.
Manuel, the winningest manager in Phillies history, took over in 2005 and won at least 85 games in his first seven seasons as Phillies manager. He led them to the 2008 World Series, the Phillies’ first in 28 years and the city’s first major sports title in a quarter-century.
Manuel's 2011 Phillies won a franchise-record 102 games before being eliminated by the Cardinals in the NLDS. His record with the Phils was 780-636, a .551 winning percentage.
But the Phils took drastic steps back in both 2012 and 2013, needing a strong finish to go 81-81 last season and positioning themselves this year for their first losing season since 2000.
Manuel sits at exactly 1,000 career wins in 12 seasons with the Phillies and Indians.