Charlie Manuel’s days of managing the Phillies are over.
Sources indicate to CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler that Manuel is expected to be replaced as manager by Ryne Sandberg at a 2:30 p.m. ET press conference.
So the news conference is to announce that Manuel has either resigned or been fired. Regardless, he’s out and Sandberg is in. We will update this post when more information is available.
This ends a tenure of nearly nine full seasons in which Manuel was at the helm for five NL East championships, two National League championships and one World Series championship. He ends said tenure with a regular-season record of 780-636 and a postseason record of 27-19.
Including his three seasons managing the Indians, Manuel has a career record of 1,000-826. In seasons he has managed all 162 games, he has never had a losing record — the 81-81 mark last season was his worst full season. That likely would have changed this season, as the Phillies sit at 53-67.
Manuel will turn 70 this coming January.
It has long been assumed that third-base coach Ryne Sandberg would replace Manuel as manager after this season, so the promotion doesn’t come as a…