PHILADELPHIA — Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Phillies on Friday, his team in a tailspin since the All-Star break.
Manuel, who led the team to a World Series win over the Rays in 2008 and is the winningest manager in franchise history, was replaced by Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third-base coach. Sandberg managed Triple-A Lehigh Valley the past two years.
"I never quit nothing, and I didn't resign," said Manuel, 69, who was 780-636 with the Phillies and won five straight NL East titles from 2007-11.
Going into Friday's play, the Phillies were 5-19 since the break and were 201/2 games out of first in the East.
"These guys are professional players. They're getting paid well," said Sandberg, who is the interim manager and will be evaluated after the season. "Sometimes players have to dig deeper, play with pride, play with heart or the name on the front of the uniform."
More Phillies: LHP John Lannan went on the DL with left knee tendinitis.
A's: C John Jaso is likely out at least another three to four weeks because of lingering nausea, dizziness and headaches after suffering a concussion from taking a ball off his mask July 24.
Braves: 2B Tyler Pastornicky will have season-ending knee surgery on an ACL. He collided with RF Jason Heyward on Wednesday.
Brewers: CF Carlos Gomez is day to day with a sprained right knee after making a leaping catch at the wall and landing awkwardly.
Orioles: Pitching coach Rick Adair started a leave of absence for undisclosed personal reasons, with no timetable for his return. Bullpen coach Billy Castro takes over for Adair.
Ex-Yankee jailed: Chad Curtis, 44, was convicted by a Michigan jury on six counts of criminal sexual conduct after being accused of inappropriately touching teenage girls as a volunteer high school strength trainer. Curtis, an outfielder who won two World Series with the Yanks, faces up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing is Sept. 26.