Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.
Manuel was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third-base coach. Sandberg managed the Phillies' Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons.
The team said Sandberg will take over beginning with Friday night's game against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. He was introduced at a news conference before the game.
The Phillies have lost 19 of 24 since last month's All-Star break. They are in fourth place and 20 games out of first in the NL East.
The 69-year-old Manuel has been a folksy presence in the Phillies' dugout since the beginning of the 2005 season. He led Philadelphia to a World Series title in 2008 and brought the team back to the series in 2009, when they lost to the Yankees.
Manuel was 780-636 with the Phillies and won five straight NL East titles...