On August 16th, Ryne Sandberg was named the Phillies interim manager for the remainder of the 2013 season, after Charlie Manuel was fired. He has yet to be named the manager for the 2014 season, which probably won’t happen until after the season’s conclusion. However, if the Phillies front office decides not to bring back Ryne Sandberg, and not to name him the permanent manager, they will be making a huge mistake. Sandberg has managed a lot of the Phillies’ young talents throughout his career in the Phillies “managerial system”. It would be the smartest move for the team to bring Sandberg back, as a lot of the young guys he has managed throughout his managerial career make their way up to the big league level.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Sirius XM radio that he is still analyzing Ryne Sandberg’s performance (tweeted by John Clark of NBC 10 Philadelphia), and that he has not deciding on whether or not he will go through with the interviewing process. If Amaro messes around with this manager situation any longer, he will set the Phillies back even more than he already has with his poor moves. Just name Sandberg the manager for the 2014 season and be done with it. Players do not like playing for multiple managers, especially three managers within one year for the Phillies sake if they do not keep Sandberg.
The Phillies players have responded to the firing of Charlie Manuel, and the managing style of Ryne Sandberg. In Sandberg’s 23 games as the skipper, the Phillies have gone 13-10. Firing Manuel has motivated the players to play well under Sandberg, and they have. I am not saying that this is the only reason why the Phillies have played well recently. Since Sandberg managed most of the bullpen pitchers in Lehigh Valley (Phillies Triple-A affiliate), he has been able to manage the bullpen well so far. Sandberg has also put some odd, yet efficient lineups together that have scored runs which is why the Phillies are winning since his hiring.
Bottom Line: With the Phillies going into a minor rebuilding/reloading mode, Ryne Sandberg is the guy for the managerial position. He is great at working with young players and teaching them how to play the great game of baseball. After all, Ryne Sandberg is a Hall of Famer. Ruben Amaro Jr. needs to make the right decision for once and name Ryne Sandberg the manager for the 2014 season.
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