Chollywood….The End Of An EraPosted: August 16, 2013
Charlie Manuel, who led the Phillies to the 2008 World Series championship amidst a run of five division titles, was replaced as the team’s manager Friday by Ryne Sandberg, who took the position on an interim basis.
The Phillies went 780-636 (.551) under Manuel, who led the club to more wins than any other manager in franchise history. From 2007-11, the club won five consecutive National League East Division titles, two NL pennants and the 2008 World Series championship. Also in that time frame, the Phillies posted the best record in the NL (473-337) and second-best record in Major League Baseball, trailing the New York Yankees (478-332) by only five games. In the postseason, Manuel’s Phillies teams posted a 27-19 (.587) record.
Meet Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies’ new head coach.
Named Phillies 3rd base coach and infield instructor on 10/4/12, his first ML coaching position. Spent 2 seasons as manager for Lehigh Valley (AAA), where he went 155-132 (.540). Led Lehigh Valley to their first playoff appearance in club history by winning the International League wild card in 2011; it was also the club’s first season with a winning record (80-64). Named Minor League Manager of the Year for 2011 by Baseball America. Spent 4 seasons managing in CHI’s minor league system. Managed Peoria (A, 2007-08), Tennessee (AA, 2009) and Iowa (AAA, 2010), leading his clubs to two 1st-place finishes. In 2010, his first season as a triple-A manager, was named Manager of the Year in the Pacific Coast League after leading the Iowa Cubs to a tie for the best record in the Northern Division (82-62). Led Tennessee to the Southern League Championship in 2009. Has an overall minor league managerial record of 439-409-1 (.517). Served as a spring training instructor for CHI (1998-2006).