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Falling short of expectations for a second consecutive season, the Philadelphia Phillies are letting go of longtime manager Charlie Manuel.
The firing was first reported by CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury after the Phillies announced an impromptu news conference on Friday afternoon.
Manuel leaves the Phillies after taking them to a World Series title in 2008 and a National League pennant the following season. In nine years with the Phillies he never had a losing season and won at least 90 games four times. This year, however, Philly was sitting in fourth place in the NL East with a 53-67 record.
The Phillies hired Manuel in 2005 after he spent three seasons as manager of the Cleveland Indians. He leaves Philadelphia with a 780-636 (.551) record with the franchise and an even 1000 wins during his career overall.
Manuel, 69, led the Phillies to five consecutive postseason appearances, most recently in 2011 when they won 102 regular season games. Three times they reached the National League Championship Series during his tenure and advanced twice. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 to win the title and lost to the New York Yankees the following season.
Phillies third base coach and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg is expected to be named as his replacement.