CSN’s Jim Salisbury, easily the most-connected Phillies beat writer, just tweeted the following: Phillies to make manager change, sources say.
It’s unclear whether that change is effective immediately or at the end of the season.
UPDATE: Matt Gelb says Charlie is no longer the Phillies’ manager.
UPDATE 2: Todd Zolecki:
A source said the Phillies front office has discussed possible scenarios for a managerial change in recent weeks, although until recently nothing had been decided. The Phillies front office held a conference call in the afternoon to discuss the change.
Phillies third base Ryne Sandberg is most likely to replace Manuel as an interim manager through the end of the season. He has been the heir apparent to Manuel since he joined the coaching staff in the offseason.
It sounds like this wasn’t a mutual decision.
If he was flat-out fired, without being given the courtesy to do it on his own terms or of having a farewell tour, Ruben Amaro may not want to show his face for a while. He, more than anyone, deserves to not have a job right now.
Both guys needed to go, but Charlie deserved better treatment. People actually like him.
UPDATE 3: Expectedly, Ryne Sandberg will be the Phillies’ manager, says Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.