Manager Charlie Manuel has been let go by the Philadelphia Phillies, and will be replaced by Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, multiple media sources have reported.
The Phillies held a press conference at 2:30 p.m ET on Friday.
“I’m mad because they took the best seat in the house from me,” Manuel said, adding that “I enjoyed every bit of it.”
The Phillies have offered Manuel a position in the organization.
“What I need to do is get some time off to sit and think,” Manuel said.
Manuel still believes he can manage a team.
“I think I can manage for a few more years, two or three more years,” he said.
Manuel, 69, is the winningest coach in Phillies history with a 706-636 record, and led the club to its first World Series championship in 28 years in 2008.
In 12 seasons as manager of the Phillies and Cleveland Indians, Manuel has a record of 1,000-826. He was in the final year of his contract.