Longtime Cubs great and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will replace Manuel.
His team’s 3-1 loss to the Braves wasn’t even the worst thing that happened to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel last night.
With both Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel manning the helms of their ball clubs in the final year of their contracts, many wonder if either or both will still be with their respective clubs the next year.
And here at the quarter-way mark of the Cubs’ season, I thought it would be interesting to see just what Sandberg, the team’s twice-spurned managerial candidate, has been up to so far in 2012.
Matt Garza executed his plan to near perfection. Garza pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and struck out 10 Sunday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1.
Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel’s moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series.
Ryan Howard went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs, and Roy Oswalt recovered from a rocky first to pitch seven solid innings and lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.