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Philadelphia Phillies fire Buena Vista native Charlie Manuel as manager

Published On: Aug 16 2013 02:34:52 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 05:51:45 PM EDT

On Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies celebrated Charlie Manuel's 1,000th win as a coach, but today the club fired the Buena Vista product following 9 seasons on the job.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -

Charlie Manuel has been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, with his team out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.

Manuel was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third base coach.

The team says Sandberg will take over beginning with Friday night's game against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manuel, 69, is from Buena Vista. He has been the Phillies' manager since the beginning of the 2005 season. He led Philadelphia to a World Series title in 2008 and brought the Phillies back to the series in 2009, where they lost to the Yankees.

The Phillies have lost 19 of 24 since last month's All-Star break and are 20 1/2 games out of first in the NL East.