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Fire Manuel and Hire Sandberg to Fix Phillies

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 mound stud Roy Halladay.

The Phils are 10 back in the Wild Card race. And at 37-50, that .425 winning clip isn't going to scare many teams in Major League Baseball these days.

For Sandberg, he took the Iron Pigs to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last year and has the team in first place at the All-Star Break for Triple AAA.

Ryno's work has been impressive, considering the Phils have run a shuttle bus between Allentown and Philadelphia this year because of injuries and the ineffectiveness of the pro bullpen.

Yeah, Charlie has a World Series ring and only he and Dallas Green can flash that as managers in Phillies history. 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. (Ah 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 the Chicago Cubs uniform?

Well, Sandberg only became a Hall of Famer with the Cubbies. And that's because the Silly Phillies threw him in as an extra in a trade when they banished Larry Bowa to Chicago for Ivan De(Who?)Sus.

(And who was behind that deal? Ah, 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 letting Ryno slip away once again.

So 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, he could be a Hall of Fame manager as well.

David Curran July 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I used to say "at least we have the Reading Phils", but sadly they are leaking oil of late. Does anyone know when Eagles go to camp? I really need a Reid press conference to cheer me up! Lol
louis kootsares July 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
charlie is a fantastic manager he deserves better than fans who want his neck after a bad season.. bringing in anyone will have the same results amaro is more to blame than charlie but the real stinkos are on the field impersonating baseball players
Phillies Phoder July 14, 2012 at 08:08 PM
why was he fired in Cleveland as their manager? manuel walked into a team destined to win regardless of the manager, now when smart moves are required he hasnt a clue. A fresh set of eyes on the twhen placed in the proper situations with an opportunity to win. Charlie Manuels lack of decision making resulted in both injuries to lee and halladay.
Jeff Lugar July 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Oh, come on. "Let's fire the manager after his two best offensive players were missing the first half of the season!" Really? It's just one of those years where a great team is derailed by injuries to the most critical players. Play the season out and get ready for 2013.
2009 Yankees July 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM
explain 2010, 2011... its ground hog day with this blithering idiot, his contract is up after next season, he is no tony larussa so a lame duck season could be even worse as more and more players tune him out and no way he deserves another multi year extension

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