There are less than 50 games left in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ 2013 season. They are 20.5 games out of first place in the NL East, leaving them in fourth place. The Phillies are 15.5 games out of the Wild Card standings. They do not have a chance of making a playoff appearance. Their season will be ending September 29.
This is the last year in manager Charlie Manuel’s contract. The subject of whether or not he would get an extension has been talked about since the beginning of the season. The Phillies called a press conference for 2:30 this afternoon. They did not tell anyone what the reason was, but word quickly got out that Manuel was being replaced as manager.
Why couldn’t he finish the season?
Manuel had brought good things to the Phillies the nine years that he has been here. He brought them five straight NL East titles. He had the most wins in a season in 2011. He is the manager that has the most team wins with 646. Manuel had turned the team around. His biggest accomplishment, of course, was winning the World Series in 2008 and bringing a parade down Broad Street.
Over the years, Manuel has become a fan favorite. They love seeing him come out of the dugout to argue bad calls and cheer when he gets ejected. He signed autographs for everyone and has a great heart. He has a love of baseball that the city of Philadelphia needed to return.
The rest of the season for the Phillies does not matter. Manuel could have finished the season. It would have been a respectful gesture for all that Manuel has done for the team. The Phillies could have improved just a bit and let him go out with a bittersweet memory. The Phillies could have started next year with a fresh start.