June 26, 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg suddenly announced today that he is stepping down as the manager of the team. Said Sandberg:
"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."
|Thanks for the Honest Effort, Ryne, and Good Luck!|
In my view, Ryno was never really a good fit with the club. Of course, given the Phils' sad collection of a now-mediocre core of aging stars (Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz), and members of the sub-par youth movement (Cody Asche, Ben Revere and Dominic Brown), I am not sure anyone is well-suited to be at the helm of this hodgepodge of a team.
Still, I think, a manager who is willing to play aggressively with a lot of base stealing, hit and runs, creative use of the bullpen is in order now. A manager who takes chances is what we need now to have a chance (or to at least be more entertaining....).
The Phillies need a manager who is willing to embrace playing younger players over declining stars (I love you Chase, but Caesar Hernandez needs to play now). A manager with a more youthful style that befits this increasingly youthful roster.
Sandberg has never hidden the fact that he is a more traditional manager - let the players play, but that just doesn't, well, play, on a team like the Phils.
In closing, Ryne Sandberg, a Hall of Fame player, and by all accounts a truly good man, gave it his all, and we thank him for his efforts.
|This Face Simply Inspires Confidence, No?|
|Phillies' Fan Since 1962|
He was there when Schmitty homered off of Tug McGraw on opening day in 1973, and he was there in 1978 when we booed Burt Hooten off of the mound at the Vet and seemed on our way to victory until Danny Ozark decided not to replace Greg Luzinski with Jerry Martin like he always did, and Mota singled, and Lopes was out at first and....
Finally, he was there when Raul Ibanez missed a 3-run JimmyJack off of Chris Carpenter that would have led the Phils to victory in Game 5 of the 2010 Divisional Series against the Cardinals, and when his main man, Ryan Howard, ended the game soon after, crumpling to the ground with a torn achilles.....
Some of my fondest, and profoundly saddest, memories.