The Philadelphia Phillies are having a down year, to say the least, and it looks like the team will miss the playoffs after making it for five consecutive seasons prior to the 2012 season. One question that was surrounding the team was whether or not manager Charlie Manuel will have a job come 2013. Thursday GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. confirmed in an interview with CSNPhilly.com that Manuel will be returning as the team’s manager in 2013.
Amaro mentioned that he and Manuel have had disagreements but most GMs and managers do. The team will re-evaluate Manuel following the 2013 season. It wil be a make or break year.
The Phillies are currently 66-71, sitting in third place in the National League East division. It is a poor record after coming off a 102-win season.
There have been rumblings that Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg could be in line to receive the job if Manuel was to be let go after this season. Amaro did not call Sandberg the successor for the job but he did say that Sandberg is a worthy candidate for a possible MLB manager job. The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs were 75-68 in the International League but did not make the playoffs this season.
The Phillies will have a few decisions to make regarding who they want at the third baseman position. Amaro does not like the option pool at the third base this season. Chase Utley could be an option for the Phillies at third but it will have to be at Utley’s discretion and his willingness to move.
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