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Fix the Phillies: Fire Manuel, Hire Sandberg

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will go down as the greatest manager in team history, but it might be time for Ryne Sandberg to get his shot.

He's the Manager of the Year and the manager of this year's All-Star squad.

No, his name isn't ; it's Ryne Sandberg.

While the Philadelphia Phillies get to start the second half of the baseball season in a basement in which the water is almost chest deep, the skipper of the is putting together another fine season.

Check the standings

For Charlie, the Phils stand dead last in the NL East, 14 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals. Even a Wild Card berth looks wild at best, despite a healthy second half expected for sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley and returning stud Roy Halladay.

The Phils are 10 back in the Wild Card race, and at 39-51, that .433 winning clip isn't going to scare many teams in Major League Baseball these days.

Sandberg, however, took the Iron Pigs to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last year, and has them in first place at the International League (AAA) All-Star Break.

Ryno's work has been impressive, considering the Phils have shuttled players between Allentown and Philadelphia this year because of injuries and the ineffectiveness of the bullpen of the big club.

Yeah, Charlie has a World Series ring, and in Phillies history, only he and Dallas Green can flash them as managers. Charlie also has two National League pennants and a handful of NL East titles to his name.

The man has done some great work in Philadelphia and he will go down as the greatest manager in Phillies history. (Sorry, Dallas!)

But every head coach must one day go (OK, Andy Reid is still sticking around for another season), and it would serve the Phils' management well to do right by Sandberg this time.

Have you seen photos of him in a Chicago Cubs uniform? Sandberg only became a Hall of Famer with the Cubbies—and that's because the Sillies threw him in as an extra in a trade when they banished Larry Bowa to Chicago for Ivan De(Who?)Sus.

(Who was behind that deal? Chicago general manager Dallas Green.)

So let the season play out and give Charlie his shot at righting the ship, even if a few players jump off this Titanic of a season. He's earned that opportunity.

But don't let Sandberg walk away for a job elsewhere; he almost did last year. The Phillies can't afford to let Ryno slip away once again.

When the season ends and the Phils finish in last place, give Charlie some grand administrative position with the organization and let Sandberg have his due.

He deserves the chance. Who knows? With this organization, Sandberg could be a Hall of Fame manager as well.

Larry July 19, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Carlie has been around ball parks a LOT of years. I trust he will know when it is time to throw in the towel. He loves the Phillies too much not to bring in new tallent to replace even himself.
Bill Prendergast August 01, 2012 at 06:50 PM
it's not that this year is all Charlie's fault, but he is a "players manager", which means he basically just makes the lineup and pats them on the butt. We need a guy who gets small ball, someone who isn't afraid to pull a pitcher when they suck, to help the team win games. I like Uncle Cholly as much as anyone, but he was a great manager for the offensive juggernaut we had 5 years ago, not the team we have now.
Big Daddy 1 August 01, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I hear that we are not the same powerhouse team we were 5 years ago. Of course we are. We still have the same core players and all of them have hit less since greg gross and uncle charlie turned them into shadows of their former selves. They had Howard standing on top of the plate so that he would pull everything into that shift. They turned a 50 HR all fields bomber into a 30 HR half field player. Utley's power is down. Victorino was slapping at pitches. Mayberry came back from the minors last year with pop. Now he is way off the plate and not doing well. All players - hitters and pitchers are in a slump. Only one answer: get rid of the hitting coach now and eventually Charly too. We don't need no stinking small ball, just let these guys hit like they proved they can.
Ed August 04, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Chuckles has to go worst manager in baseball has no clue how to manage a close game
Michelle Wolfson August 06, 2012 at 05:12 AM
The manager isn't the problem. Injuries in the first half and a positively dreadful bullpen put the team where they are right now. And only time and the strategic acquisition of the players we need (relief pitching, a 3rd baseman, and now 1 or 2 outfielders that can produce runs) is going to help right the ship. I am totally confident that in 2013 they will be back on track. Charlie shouldn't go just yet. He's only got another year left on his contract anyway. Give Sandberg another year Triple A-- or heck bring him up on the coaching staff in some capacity-- but as manager--not yet. Give him the nod when Charlie's contract is up.

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