Just days before Jewish Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced that the team had decided to fire longtime manager Charlie Manuel.
Third base coach Ryne Sandberg will manage the team for the remainder of the season.
Manuel, who had managed the Phillies since 2005, led the team to World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009, winning the championship in 2008. He compiled an overall record with the team of 780-636.
The Phillies sit in fourth place in the National League East with a record of 53-67 and are headed for their second straight losing season.
Sandberg spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons managing the Phillies' top minor-league affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, before becoming the Phillies' third base coach at the beginning of the 2013 season.
Amaro, who is a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, said during the Aug. 16 news conference, "I didn't see any reason to drag it out and have him [Manuel] sit through the next 40 games."
Amaro said he was optimistic about the Phillies' future. "I do believe that we're going to get things right and get things back to where they need to be. The core players can help us get back to being a championship-caliber club."
Amaro and Manuel both said the decision was made two days before the announcement and that the manager knew the Aug. 14 against Atlanta would be his last.