Fans react to Charlie Manuel out, Ryne Sandberg in as Phillies manager
The Philadelphia Phillies shook things up at the top Friday with their firing of manager Charlie Manuel and promotion of Ryne Sandberg.
At Starters Pub in Bethlehem, Phillies fans had a lot to say about the mid-season manager change-up from Manuel to Sandberg.
"I'm all for it," said Martin Adams. "The Phillies had to do something. They were dead."
"I didn't expect them to do it in the middle of the season," added Daniel Kostelnick. "But I was pretty sure that he was going."
"I think they're cleaning house now," shared David Polak. "I think they just want to rebuild and start from scratch next year, new manager, new players."
Sandberg was named the 3rd base coach for the Phillies this year after managing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown for two seasons. This will be his first crack at being a major league manager. Right now, he's the team's interim manager for the remaining games.
"When they took him and put him from IronPigs over to the Phillies, I thought, 'Oh, that's a great move. Don't lose this guy. He's going to be a great manager,'" explained Adams.
"I think he did well with the Pigs," Jacqueline Kostelnick said. "And I think he'll do well down there, too."
"That's probably why they brought him up in the first place, to take over for Manuel," Daniel surmised. "So yes, I think he will continue and I think they'll sign him full-time."
Manuel has been with the franchise for the last nine seasons. Just this week, he helped the team deliver his 1,000th career win, sealing his legacy as the Phillies' winningest manager.
"No manager lasts forever," said Daniel. "After a while, when things start going downhill, of course the manager is the first guy to go."
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