Phillies fire Manuel, name Sandberg interim manager

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Aug 16, 2013 1:57 PM

(Philadelphia) -- Longtime Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel won't be in the dugout for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He has been fired after more than eight seasons as the Phillies manager.

Manuel -- who led the team to a 2008 World Series title -- just notched his 1,000th career win as a big league manager earlier this week. But the Phillies have been struggling lately, and currently sit 20.5 games out of first place in the National League East.

Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has tapped baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg to serve as interim manager.

Sandberg managed the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs for two years, before spending this season as the Phillies third base coach.

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