The Hall of Fame second-basemen turned Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg couldn’t take anymore. Sandberg resigned last night after the Phillies were beaten by the Washington Nationals 5-2. The Nationals starter Max Scherzer was off his game last night but that still didn’t give the Phils much of a chance.
Big changes are coming for the Phillies and everybody knows it. Chase Utley had delivered the knockout blow when he publicly challenged Sandberg’s decision-making by chastising pitching coach, Bob McClure during a blowout loss. Subsequently, Utley went on the disabled list with nobody informing the skipper. It was time to go for Sandberg and he read the writing on the wall.
“It’s a tough enough job to do, but when you wore the shoes that I was in and felt what I was feeling on a daily basis and being dissatisfied with what was going on as far as on the field and the record, that weighed a lot on me,” Sandberg said.
Now we wait for Lee McPhail to take the reins of this franchise. Everybody is just covering their butts and looking for a landing spot before that happens. The ship is surely going down. Sandberg made his decision about how he wants it all to end.