World Series winning leader told he is no longer required at the MLB franchise.
Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, was fired as the boss of the Major League Baseball team.
The 69-year-old Manuel led the Phillies to their second World Series championship in 2008. He has been in charge of the National League team since 2005 and compiled a 780-636 record over his eight-plus years.
“I did not resign and I did not quit,” Manuel said, acknowledging that he was fired. “I think it was an understanding.”
Manuel was replaced by interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who lost 4-0 in his debut as the dugout boss.
General manager Ruben Amaro broke down in tears as he made the announcement before the Phillies opened a three-game set against the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers. Amaro said it was a difficult move but one the club “needed to make as we look towards the future.”
Manuel also guided the franchise to five straight division titles from 2007 through 2011.
The Phillies were just 53-67 entering Friday’s game and had fallen to fourth place in the National League East. They are on track for their first losing season since the 2002 club finished 80-81.