You could see the worried look on Ryne’s face in the last few weeks
The postmortem has begun, and how will Ryne Sandberg’s tenure as Phillies manager be viewed by Phillies faithful and the press in the wake of his resignation?
Let’s look at the facts:
Sandberg started his career as interim manager on 8/16/13 after Charlie Manuel had been relieved of his duties as manager, Sandberg then became the Phillies manager after being named officially on 9/22/13 –
Sandberg had spent two seasons as AAA manager of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs where he finished with a record of 155-132
Previously Sandberg spent 4 years as a Cubs minor league manager, but came to the Phillies organization after he never was promoted to the Cubs manager’s position
Sandberg followed Charlie Manuel, who had the longest run of any Phillies manager in the history of the team, at 1,416 games. Manuel finished one of the greatest eras that the team had ever seen to this point, his win/loss record was 780-636
Manuel said on his departure this: “I never quit nothing and I didn’t resign,” When he lost his manager’s job in 2013 with the Phils.
So what will Sandberg’s legacy be?
He did all he could do with the talent he had on the field. At times though, it didn’t seem like he had any plans with certain moves on the field, hardly ever intentionally walking anyone and letting things play out.
Sandberg was in a tough spot, as Ruben Amaro continually made head scratching moves and acquisitions. Pat Gillick, who is still President of the club, stood by and did little to help this team either. About the only things we did hear from Gillick have been that it’s going to take a long time to rebuild the team, and with time going forward, he kept extending that time that the Phillies would be getting better.
Ownership did nothing about this, so I guess Ryne Sandberg had enough of it. Rumors of a new team president had made the local news in the past few days and maybe Sandberg didn’t want to be fired for trying his best to do his job.
The other way you could look at this all is say why would Ryne quit? He certainly had good reasons why this team wasn’t doing well, and Ruben Amaro would probably be at the forefront of that argument.
Time will tell as more unfolds after this move by Sandberg.
Larry Bowa will probably try to guide this team the rest of the season, but he will assuredly be out too, after the end of the season as well. ( Later named was Pete Mackanin will serve as the Phils skipper)
We’ll continue to look for answers to getting the Phillies to be a better team, at times they have really been dreadful this year. For now, it’ll be up to someone else to manage this team and that will not be an easy task.