An emotional Ryne Sandberg resigned on Friday as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies per Pay per head sportsbook services. He resigned but he resigned on his own terms.
“In a lot of ways I’m old school, and I’m very much dissatisfied with the record and not pleased at all with that,” Sandberg said. “I think that goes hand in hand with being a manager. So it’s been a difficult thing to swallow, but I have thought about it for some time and we’ve come to this day. The accumulation of losses was something that I take responsibility for and something that really took a toll on me.”
Sandberg held a record of 119-159 with the Phillies in three seasons. Third-base coach Pete Mackanin will take over as interim manager for the time being per sportsbook software services.
“This is my third time as an interim manager, and it’s not fun,” Mackanin said. “It’s not a pleasant thing to do because you have to make sure you keep the guys pointed in the right direction, and at the same time, everybody’s feeling a little bit funny. You’ve got to try to put it behind you as quick as possible, and that’s not an easy thing to do. A lot of guys really enjoyed playing for Ryno, and we enjoyed working for him. It’s not a fun day.”
The Phillies are expected to hire a new president very soon. Pat Gillick is handling that role this season, but the 77-year-old wants to return to a consulting position.
Sandberg sounded like a guy who knew he wasn’t going to be part of the Phillies’ future, so he departs after the Phillies won two of three at Yankee Stadium this week.
“With some changes at the top looming, I did not want to be in the way of anything happening and progress going forward,” Sandberg said. “When it really hit me home, I felt it was better now than later — for myself, for my family, for the organization going forward.”
The Phillies are 15 ½ games out. “Managing a team is very challenging,” Sandberg said. “I enjoyed the challenge. I enjoyed coming to the ballpark every day. I had excellent work from my coaching staff. The goal was to get the most out of my players.”
The Phillies don’t seem to have an identity anymore there farm systems seems a little short on talent and there only real asset is Cole Hamels. Management has a lot of thinking to do.