Charlie Manuel really did nothing wrong.
Well, besides try and lead an injury-riddled, over-the-hill team this season.
For his efforts – or lack there of – Manuel has been relieved of his duties as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Former Chicago Cub standout Ryne Sandberg is expected to take over. Sandberg was passed over for the Cubs job last year and was so mad he left the organization completely for Philly – but that is another story, for another time.
Manuel is the scapegoat in this situation, as most managers tend to be in baseball.
I mean really, what power does a manager have? Yeah, he sets the lineup, but outside of looking over at a pitching coach and saying, “should I take him out?” he doesn’t really do a whole lot.
Philadelphia was hit hard by two things: injuries and age.
Ryan Howard is no longer the slugging all-star first baseman of just a few years ago.
Jimmy Rollins can’t hang with the elite shortstops anymore.
Chase Utley, who they just resigned to a multi-year deal, isn’t going to win any MVPs awards anytime soon.
The Phillies have a decent young nucleus with Dominic Brown, Darin Ruf and Cole Hamels, but they need to figure out what to do with Howard, Rollins and pitchers Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay.
Yes, don’t even get me started on that once famed rotation of Halladay, Lee and Hamels, as that will not get it done anymore in the National League.
The best thing for the Phillies to do would be to part ways with Howard, Rollins, Halladay and Lee; get whatever you can, clear salary space and try to lure some big-name – YOUNG – free agents to town.
Philadelphia is a great sports town. The fans are passionate, sometimes too passionate, but if you want to win and you want to feel the pressure of trying to win, it is a good place to perform.
Sandberg is a good choice, but remember Philly front office, Manuel led you to a World Series; only a handful of other managers in the last decade can say the same.