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Manuel Evaluates Future; Will Wait At End of 2013

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies made news the past day with all their shuffling of the coaching staff.

And though he’s on for 2013, Charlie Manuel has become a hot topic.

With Ryne Sandberg waiting in the wings to be a Major League manager soon, and preferably in Philadelphia, Manuel talked about his plans after 2013 when his current contract is up.

General manager Ruben Amaro made clear that Sandberg was not promised the Phillies job in 2014 and that Sandberg has permission to interview with other teams. Manuel also said that he is not pursuing a contract extension this season and will evaluate what he wants to do after the 2013 season.

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Phillies Coaching Shuffle: Ryne Sandberg to Coach Third Base

Former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg (Yong Kim/Inquirer Staff)

PHILADELPHIA — Yesterday, the Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo as well as cut ties with hitting coach Greg Gross and bench coach Pete Mackanin.

With those spots vacated it left room for a certain minor league manager to get his first real crack at Major League coaching.

Hall of Fame second baseman and former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg will coach third base. Last year’s third base coach Juan Samuel will move to first base.

Sandberg will also become the infield instructor, which was Perlozzo’s job.

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Phillies Also Let Go of Mackanin, Gross

Less than two hours after the Phillies 2012 season ended they fired three coaches.

Shortly after it was announced first base coach Sam Perlozzo will not return to the Phillies in 2013, the Phillies announced they have cut ties with bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.

With three coaching spots vacant right now it should be easy to believe Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg could be a candidate for any of the three spots.

Duda Homers Off Cloyd in Rookie’s Debut Loss

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd pitches in his Major League debut against the Mets. He allowed three runs in six innings. PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 29: Starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Mets 3, Phillies 2
WP – Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76)
LP – Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50)
SV – Frank Francisco (22)

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t exactly the debut Tyler Cloyd expected to have, but the 25-year-old walked away with an experience he will never forget.

Cloyd settled down after three rocky innings to start, but the damage was done. It was Luca Duda’s two-run homer in the 3rd inning that put the Mets up 3-2, the final score on Wednesday.

Cloyd’s fastball ranged from 86-90 all night, and it was hit hard often.

In the first two innings, Cloyd got three pop-up outs but also got tagged for three sharp singles and a double that set up the first run he allowed in his Major League career, an RBI single by opposing starter Matt Harvey.

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Sandberg named Minor League Manager of the Year

Baseball America named Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg as the 2011 Minor League Manager of the year.

Sandberg led the IronPigs to their first plus-.500 season and playoff berth in the franchise’s four-year existence. They came within two wins of winning the Commissioner’s Cup.

Sandberg is considered by many to be a candidate for the Phillies bench in 2013 and a possible manager candidate in 2014. He will manage the IronPigs next season.

Read the full story on Baseball America’s website.

Gelb: Looks like Sandberg is staying in Lehigh

(Yong Kim/Inquirer)

As the Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb points out, it looks like Ryne Sandberg will not be taking his managerial talents to the Windy City or Bean Town.

Sandberg, who managed the Phillies AAA affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs to their first post season appearance last season, could very well be back in Allentown, PA next season.

There are only two managerial vacancies left: the Cubs and the Red Sox. Chicago’s newly appointed GM Theo Epstein said he wants a manager with Major League experience as well as not wanting to have to fire the franchise’s HOF second baseman some day. As for Boston, they never even interviewed Sandberg.

The only other major team in the fray was the St. Louis Cardinals. They did in fact interview Sandberg but they went ahead and signed former catcher Mike Matheny as their new manager.

Also as Gelb points out, which was also pretty talked about when Sandberg was signed last year is the possibility to replace Charlie Manuel. By having Sandberg in the system for next season, the Phillies could continue to groom him as a manager, find a spot on their bench for the 2013 season and possibly hire Sandberg as their next manager once Manuel’s contract is up after 2013 and likely retires.

There are still a ways to go for this ultimate scenario to take shape. But for now, the IronPigs will have another season under a great manager.

Zolecki: Cards given permission to interview Pigs’ Sandberg

“Sources: The Phillies have given St. Louis permission to interview Ryne Sandberg for their managerial vacancy,” as Tweeted by MLB’s Todd Zolecki.

Sandberg, who managed his first year of AAA ball with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last season, is on the St. Louis Cardinals radar. In his first season, he led the Pigs to their first playoff berth and first Governor’s Cup trip, which ended in a series loss.

Despite winning the World Series, the Cardinals are on the market for a new manager when Tony LaRussa retired last week.

Ironically, the Chicago Cubs are not interested in Sandberg, who played 15 Hall of Fame years at second base in Chicago. Instead, their interests are for a manager with major league experience, something that Sandberg does not have.

2011 Moment: #8 IronPigs make first ever playoffs

The Pigs celebrate after reaching their first ever Governor's Cup.

Much wasn’t expected when Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg took over as manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The IronPigs had never had a winning season in their first three years of existence. In fact, they had never had a record over .500.

But Sandberg turned everything around and had the Lehigh Valley buzzing.

The IronPigs finished the 2011 regular season with an 80-64 record and made the International League playoffs for the first time.

They advanced all the way to the Governors’ Cup finals where they fell to the Columbus Clippers three games to one.

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On a night the Braves lose, Phils fail to clinch

The Phillies magic number has dropped to one game, but it was not by way of victory.

The Mets did their job, beating the Atlanta Braves, but the Phils failed to beat St. Louis and clinch the division. With their magic number now at one for the division and two for homefield, the Phils lost to the Cards, 4-2 in 11 innings.

In the top of the 11th, Tyler Greene hit a two-run double to give St. Louis the 4-2 lead off Michael Schwimer, who was a day removed from his first career win.

Vance Worley got the start, allowing a run on six hits and three walks while striking out five. The bull pen went four scoreless before Schwimer’s poor 11th inning.

2B: Polanco (13), Mayberry (16), Howard (29).

WP: McClellan (11-7). LP: Schwimer (1-1). S: Salas (24).


PIG WATCH — The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have lost in the Governor’s Cup to the Columbus Clippers, 4-1. The Phils recalled P Justin DeFratus and OF Dom Brown as well as C Erik Kratz, LHP Joe Savery and OF Brandon Moss. Also, manager Ryne Sandberg will wear a Phils uniform the rest of the season.

Down on the Farm: Pigs Edition

Dom Brown signs autographs before the game.

Half of Team to Beat made a trip to Allentown to catch some AAA action on May 16. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs took on the Norfolk Tide of the Orioles system at Coca Cola Park.

To the disappointment of us, Domonic Brown was not playing as he’s still nursing an injured thumb and recently demoted Vance Worley will start tomorrow for the Pigs.

But a few former Phillies, prospects and career journey-men were in tonight’s action and I’ll talk a little about them.

The Pigs took advantage of some errors and got a good effort from their pitching as they held off the Tide, 4-3, to improve their record to 22-16 which is 2nd in the International League’s North Division. Read more of this post