Ryne Sandberg has resigned as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies have named third base coach Pete Mackanin as interim manager.
Sandberg was hired late in the 2013 season, taking over for Charlie Manuel, as the Phillies missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. Since that time things have only gotten worse, with the Phillies finishing at 73-89 in both 2013 and 2014 and with them off to a 26-48 start this year, which is the worst mark in baseball. They are 119-159 under Sandberg overall.
Before he was hired, Sandberg was considered a rising managerial star. Unlike so many ex-players who have recently transitioned to managing with little or no experience, Sandberg spent six years managing in the minors, primarily in the Chicago Cubs’ system. He was thought to be in-line to become the next Cubs manager, but when Lou Piniella retired following the 2010 season the organization gave the job to Mike Quade. Sandberg, understandably miffed, left to join the Phillies where he led their Triple-A club for two years before becoming the Phillies’ third base coach in 2013. Charlie Manuel was fired on August 16, 2013 and Sandberg ascended.
Now, stating that the Phillies did not pressure him into resigning but, rather, he “hate[s] to lose,” and that he “felt it was better now than later, for myself, my family and the organization,” Sandberg has stepped down.