PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will not be renewing his contract after the 2013 season.
Phillies General Manager, Ruben Amaro Jr, announced at the press conference this afternoon that the Phillies organization has decided to “make change immediately” making Ryne Sandberg acting Manager on an interim basis. Sandberg is being promoted from his third base coaching position. After 9 seasons as Phillies manager, Manuel has become “one of the most decorated managers in the history of our franchise”, Amaro expressed emotionally. Manuel is ending his managerial career with the Phillies with 780 wins and 5 post-season appearances, the most by any Phillies manager. Amaro requests that Manuel stays involved with the Phillies organization in any way possible. When questioned if the decision was by choice, Manuel confirms during the press conference that he “did not quit.” Manuel plans to “take time off to think.” Phillies host the Los Angeles Dodgers this evening, without Charlie Manuel.