It was just announced that Ryne Sandberg has resigned as manager of the Phillies. Sandberg leaves with a career managing record of 119-159 in 2+ seasons. Pete Mackanin will take over as interim manager.
Sandberg, Ruben Amaro and Pat Gillick just completed a press conference where Sandberg indicated that he was stepping aside so as to not be in the way as the new “regime” starts to come together.
Asked about some of the factors that contributed to his decision, Sandberg was clear, “I do not like to lose. I think that’s the biggest thing that weighed on me.”.
This all came about very quickly as Sandberg spoke with leadership and indicated that he had not yet even spoken with the players. He did indicate that he would, however.
Amaro would not elaborate on how long Mackanin would be in charge.
More details to come…