Changing of the Guard in Philadelphia: Charlie Manuel Out

It was announced today that Charlie Manuel is out as the manager of the Phillies.

It was announced today that Charlie Manuel is out as the manager of the Phillies.

Charlie Manuel is out as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Manuel managed almost nine seasons in Philadelphia and set a franchise record for wins. He coached the team to five consecutive division titles and two World Series appearances with one win.

Manuel and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr are characterizing this as an understanding from both sides.

Regardless of the circumstances, Manuel will never again wear his #41 Phillies jersey at Citizen’s Bank Park.

This decision is one that completely fits the trend for Philadelphia sports in 2013. Chip Kelly was named head coach of the Eagles in January following the departure of Andy Reid. Doug Collins stepped down following a rough season with the Sixers and this past week they named Brett Brown as the new voice of the sideline.

Peter Laviolette, of the Flyers, is now the longest tenured coach/manager in Philadelphia, with Kelly as the second longest tenured. Manuel’s departure means that Ryne Sandberg will be the newest addition to the fraternity of Philly coaches, albeit on an interim basis.

Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, has been named interim manager.

Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg, has been named interim manager.

Sandberg has been viewed as the heir apparent to Manuel since he was hired and many felt he was brought up to the big leagues this season to prepare to take over following the expiration of Manuel’s contract after this season.

The team has decided to not wait any longer and Sandberg will now get 42 games to prove himself to the Phillies’ brass. Amaro Jr. stated that he did not think it would be fair to let Manuel manage the rest of the season knowing that he would not be retained.

Manuel recorded his 1,000th win Monday night in a win over Atlanta and he was supposed to be honored tonight at Citizen’s Bank Park for that achievement. Those plans were cancelled.

When you put all the accolades aside, Manuel’s greatest legacy is the relationships that he built with the people around him. His players have always spoken highly of Manuel. Amaro Jr., a former player of Manuel’s in Cleveland, shed tears while announcing Manuel’s dismissal. Many players have already expressed their regret for not playing better for their manager.

Manuel managed the Phillies to the 2008 World Series, the city's first title since 1984.

Manuel managed the Phillies to the 2008 World Series, the city’s first title since 1984.

Manuel characterized Philadelphia as the highlight of his career. He will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Phillies fans. He nurtured the young talents of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and other staples of the 2008 World Championship team. The organization owes a great deal to Manuel, not only for what he brought in production, but also for the future of the team. Manuel’s era has brought a number of fans back to the team and has fostered a new generation of loyal fans that will be vital to the future success of this team.

Manuel expressed a desire to keep managing beyond this season. Whether or not he gets that opportunity remains to be seen.

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