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June 8, 2023

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Phillies Sandberg Resigns

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has resigned from his post, the club announced Friday.

Sandberg, 55, ended up taking over as Phillies manager when Charlie Manuel stepped down in August of 2013 and was then named full-time manager before the season concluded. In parts of three seasons and 278 games as skipper, Sandberg has a 119-159 record.

“It’s not an easy decision,” Sandberg said. “In a lot of ways I’m old school and I’m very much dissatisfied with the record and not please at all with that. And I think that goes hand in hand with being the manager. So it’s been a difficult thing to swallow, but I have thought about it for some time and we’ve come to this day. But I do want to thank the Phillies and Ruben Amaro for giving me this opportunity to do this with the club that originally drafted me in 1978.”

In fairness to Sandberg, he was at the helm during a transitional phase, as the Phillies’ core of five NL East titles, two NL pennants and one World Series championship has aged. However, the Phillies plan to hire Andy MacPhail to lead their operations in the near future, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Wednesday, and Sandberg cited the upcoming restructuring during Friday’s press conference.

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