Phillies planned to honor Charlie Manuel for 1,000th victory, fired him instead (pic)
The reports coming out of Philly is that the Philadelphia Phillies scheduled a 2:30 p.m. news conference Friday where it will be expected to be announced that the team and longtime manager Charlie Manuel will be going their separate ways.
Manuel has been the Phillies skipper since 2005, compiling a 780-636 record, during which time he led the team to a World Series victory in 2008 and a return trip in 2009, when the squad lost to the Yankees.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury is being credited for first reporting the development and CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler followed up Salisbury’s scoop with the news that Ryne Sandberg is expected to replace Manuel, who was as loved and respected as any coach in Philadelphia sports.
To make matters worse, the Phillies were planning on recognizing Manuel for reaching 1,000 managerial victories during Friday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park, a mark he attained between his time with the Phillies and three seasons with the Cleveland Indians.
To make matters even worse, the press release, at the time of this post, was still up on the Phillies website (via Crossing Broad):
Great googly moogly. Maybe the team will still pay tribute to Manuel’s remarkable run of managerial success. What say you, Charlie Manuel?
Couldn’t have put it better myself.