8/16 Sandberg to manage Phillies
On Friday, the Phillies replaced Charlie Manuel with former Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as manager. Sandberg will be the interim manager, and finish the season, GM Ruben Amaro said.
“I like Ryne Sandberg, and I’ve liked him ever since the first day I met him,” Manuel said at a news conference announcing the changes in Philadelphia. “I think he definitely deserves a chance to manage in the Major Leagues. I think he’ll be a good manager, and I enjoy talking baseball with him.”
Amaro says they brought Sandberg in because wanted the Phillies wanted a good baseball man.
“We were surprised he had not gotten that opportunity yet [to manage],” Amaro said. “I think he’s got the qualities necessary to be a quality Major League mangaer. Time will tell.”
Sandberg will get to manage in Wrigley Field when the Phillies come to Chicago Aug. 30-Sept. 1 for a weekend series.
– Carrie Muskat