Charlie Manuel is out as manager of the freefalling Philadelphia Phillies, replaced Friday on an interim basis by third-base coach Ryne Sandberg.
“I did not resign and I did not quit,” Manuel told reporters at Citizens Bank Park. “I think it was an agreement.”
The 69-year-old was in the final year of his contract. It was expected the team would make a change in the off-season, but it appears they decided to accelerate the process after losing 19 of their last 23 games.
Manuel is in his ninth season as the Phillies skipper and has a 780-636 regular season record. He is 27-19 in the post-season, including five National League East championships, two National League titles and a World Series championship in 2008.
Manuel also managed the Cleveland Indians for three years. His overall managerial record is 1,000-826.
His worst season as a manager was last season when the Phillies finished 81-81. This year, they are on their way to an even worse record at 53-67 heading into Friday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.
- with files from The Sports Xchange
For the first time all season, the Detroit Tigers are not the 2013 World Series favourites -- at least according to one oddsmaker.
Sports betting website Bovada.com has the white-hot Los Angeles Dodgers -- winners of 40 of their last 48 games heading into Friday action -- as the team to beat.
"The amount of liability we have incurred on the Dodgers over the last month, combined with their stellar play as of late, forced us to drop them to 9-2 favorites just ahead of the Tigers who still sit close by at 5-1," Bovada sports book manager Kevin Bradley said.
Rounding out the top five are the Atlanta Braves (13-2), Boston Red Sox (15-2), and St. Louis Cardinals (10-1).
Canada's lone MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays, sit at a woeful 250-1.
MíS SKIPPER ALMOST READY
On July 22, Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge encountered the scare of his life.
The 45-year-old skipper suffered a minor stroke during batting practice, forcing him to take a leave of absence.
Fortunately, Wedge could be back in the Mariners dugout as early as Aug. 23.
"He's doing really good," Wedge's temporary replacement, Robby Thompson, told reporters Thursday. "He's doing outstanding."
The club is 9-12 with Thompson at the helm.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham will only miss ďa couple daysĒ of action after straining his right quad Thursday Ö Baltimore Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair has left the club for a personal leave of absence. In discussions with the media since his departure, the Oís havenít revealed the exact reason for the leave Ö San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who hasnít played since July 30, got a second opinion on his injured right knee Thursday. The Padres have not set a return date for Quentin Ö Atlanta Braves infielder Tyler Pastornicky will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee Ö St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list to rest a stress fracture in his left forearm.