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Ryne Sandberg officially gets the gig

Sep 23, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

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The Phillies closed out their home slate over the weekend in 2013 style. They were swept by the New York Mets.

The final home games of the year always feel like they mark the true end of summer and the start to fall in Philadelphia.

Sunday marked another big change. Ryne Sandberg had the interim label removed from his job and was named the manager of the Phils for the next few seasons at least.

The players reportedly gave him a real nice ovation in the clubhouse when the decision was announced. So it’s safe to say the guys in the clubhouse are happy with the decision to have Sandberg officially get the job.

It always seemed like the right move even before he made a single decision as interim manager, but after leading this ragtag bunch to an above .500 record, Ruben Amaro did away with the formality and gave Ryne a contract.

The future of this team has dozens of uncertainties. Manager is no longer one of them.

Are you happy with the decision?

[much more on Sandberg's new role from Jim Salisbury here]

  1. Sean - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    The guy has paid his dues and he obviously knows what he’s doing. Glad to see it happen. I’m kinda curious to see who he keeps/replaces from his staff during the off-season, but I think he’s the right man for the job and it’s time to give him the tools to succeed.

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  2. mike - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    “The players reportedly gave him a real nice ovation in the clubhouse when the decision was announced. So it’s safe to say the guys in the clubhouse are happy with the decision to have Sandberg officially get the job.”

    I heard particularly pleased with the news was Cody Asche, who applauded with such vigor and enthusiasm that his arms were so sore he could not swing his bat. Later in the game, Jimmy Rollins was so excited by the news that he tried to run into the dugout while strolling out a double to congratulate Sandberg.

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