The 2013 season has been nothing but a disappointment for the Philadelphia Phillies as injuries and the age factor have prevented them from living up to their true potential as they currently sit in fourth place in the NL East with a 53-67 record. Obviously, this team is in need of numerous changes this offseason if they’re going to have any chance of bouncing back next year, but it appears the team is already making one key move before the season comes to an end by replacing Charlie Manuel at manager.
Phillies to make manager change, sources say. Press at 230.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) August 16, 2013
If this does turn out to be true, there will be plenty of mixed emotions in the City of Brotherly Love considering how much of an impact Manuel has had on the organization over the years. Not only did Manuel lead the team to five-straight NL East titles from 2007-2011, but he helped the Phillies bring home a World Series title during the 2008 season along with another World Series appearance in 2009.
Philadelphia has displayed some pretty talented teams during the Manuel era, but the last two seasons have been a strong indication that this team was in need of a “fresh start”–which apparently includes the manager position as well. This may be difficult to sink in for some fans, but at least Charlie will leave them with plenty of great memories from the past nine years.
Best of luck to you Charlie–we’ll certainly miss you in Philadelphia and it’s always a shame to see business come first in these difficult situations.