In surprising, but not all that surprising news, the Philadelphia Phillies have decided to part ways with Charlie Manuel. The long-time manager is out after nine seasons in the city of brotherly love. After the Phillies struggled to be competitive over the last couple seasons, it was becoming more and more clear that they might move on from the 69-year old. Currently, Philadelphia is 20.5 games back in the NL East.
It’s been somewhat of a downward spiral for Manuel and the Phillies ever since the team’s NL Pennant in 2009. The team remained very strong for two more years, but it became apparent in 2012 that things weren’t the same in Philly. The club finished at .500 last season and they’re almost guaranteed to finish worse this year.
Manuel is a great manager, but it was time for Phillies to go in a different direction. It’s never going to be an easy decision to let go a guy who’s won the team two Pennants, but something had to be done to change the feel of the team. There’s still plenty of talent on the Phillies’ roster, it’s now just a matter of regrouping and trying a new approach.
Given his age, it’s likely that Manuel has managed his last team. Over his 12 years as a big league manager, he’s posted a 1,000-826 win/loss record and won six divisional titles. None of his former teams ever finished worse than third in the division. That probably would have changed this year and it’s just another reason that it was was for the Phillies to move on.