Sandberg Resigns as Phillies Manager
June 26, 2015
Ryne Sandberg, manager of the Phillies since August, 2013, today announced that he's stepping down from the position. After a disappointing career as manager of the team, Sandberg leaves the Phillies in last place in the National League East division, 14-1/2 games behind the division leading Washington Nationals. Pete Mackanin, the third base coach for the Phillies, has been named interim manager.
Sandberg took over the role as the Phillies' manager on August 16, 2013, following the firing of long-time manager Charlie Manuel. He was named the permanent manager a month later. Prior to taking over as the Phillies' manager, Sandberg had been a coach and instructor with the team.
Sandberg, who had a contract to manage through 2016 with a 2017 option, couldn't get the Phillies to a winning record. In 42 games in 2013, he managed to lead the team to a 20-22 record, but 2014 and this season were much poorer. Last year, the team finished in last place with a 73-89 record. Right now, they are again in last place with a dismal 26-48 record, currently the worst record in MLB. In his short time with the Phillies, Sandberg has led them to just 119 wins to 159 losses.
Although Sandberg has not yet had a distinguished record as a manager, he had an outstanding career as a player. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 after a long career in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs. He started his career in 1981 with the Phillies but then was traded to the Cubs, where he played from 1982-1994 and 1996-1997. During his time in the majors, he won seven Silver Slugger awards, nine Gold Gloves, and one National League MVP award (1984). In addition, he was voted to the All Star Game ten times.
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