Philadelphia • Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.
Manuel was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third-base coach. Sandberg managed the Phillies' Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons.
The team said Sandberg will take over beginning with Friday night's game against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. He was introduced at a news conference before the game.