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 Spokane native Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis. The former Cubs second baseman was in his first year as the Phillies' third base coach.
"I think he's got the qualities it takes to be a quality Major League manager," Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "Time will tell."
The team said Sandberg would take over beginning with Friday night's game against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.
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.
The 69-year-old Manuel 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.
Sandberg was drafted by the Phillies at the start of his storied career, but was traded to the Chicago Cubs after playing only 13 games for Philadelphia.