PHILLIES FIRE CHARLIE MANUEL

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A move that should surprise very few occurred today.  The Philadelphia Phillies nearing the end of their first losing season since 2002 decided to fire manager Charlie Manuel and replace him on an interim basis with MLB Hall of Famer Ryne Sanberg.

Manuel leaves the Phillies as the winingest manager in franchise history and is one of only two men to deliver a World Series title to Philadelphia.  His termination could be the first of many big moves for a team that is clearly in rebuild mode.

Although the Phillies were not expected to be title contenders this season, many experts didn’t see this level of futility coming.  After entering this years all-star on a hot streak, the team has imploded since then winning only one series since the break.  The team now sits 20.5 games out behind division leader Atlanta in the NL East.

Ryne Sandberg will now have the last few weeks of 2013 season to prove he is ready to manage long term.