Ryne Sandberg Steps Down As Manager of the Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg watches from the dugout in the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 19-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg watches from the dugout in the fifth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 19-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Ryne Sandberg, manager of the Phillies since 2013, has stepped down from his position today. The Phillies announced the move in an unusual 3:30 presser and via Twitter to their almost one million followers:

Sandberg said, “It’s still disappointing. I’m disappointed” to a reporter asking about his feelings on the matter. To a question regarding what spurred the resignation, Sandberg said, “The wins and losses is a big thing that took a toll on me.” Read more »

Philly Players All Over This Map of America’s Most Popular Retro Jerseys

Top-Selling Mitchell & Ness Jerseys in 2014

The top-selling Mitchell & Ness jerseys in 2014 (Graphic via Mitchell & Ness)

Mitchell & Ness recently released the top-selling retro jerseys in each state from 2014. And a man from Lower Merion has the best-selling jersey in seven different states: Albert C. Barnes, founder of the Barnes Foundation!

Okay, okay, it’s actually Kobe Bryant, NBA superstar and Philadelphia native with the tumultuous relationship with the City of Brotherly Love. His 1996-97 Lakers jersey — from his rookie year — is the top-seller in Delaware, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Read more »

Phillies Promise to Intentionally Make Outs in 2015

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) lays down a bunt in the first inning of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Bright House Field.

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) lays down a bunt in the first inning of the spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Bright House Field.

Just when you thought the Philadelphia sports landscape couldn’t get any weirder, it does. Yesterday, Ryne Sandberg said the team plans to intentionally make outs in the 2015 season.

No, the Phillies aren’t working on an extreme version of the Sixers’ tanking strategy. Sandberg said the Phillies plan to play small ball this year. “That’s something that I’m stressing this spring,” Sandberg told reporters in Clearwater, Florida. “We’re working on it. We’re practicing it. If it’s not a bunt, it could be a hit and run. Get a baserunner, make something happen — really to set the tone for the season.”

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki writes the Phillies have six sacrifice bunts this spring — four more than any other team. Yesterday, they sac bunted twice, once with runners on first and second and no outs. They scored one run after those two sac bunt attempts. Read more »

Four Phillies Pitchers Combine for No-Hitter

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The Phillies got a bright spot in their lost season.

Four Phillies pitchers — Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon — held the Atlanta Braves hitless for nine innings in the Phils’ 7–0 win. It was the first combined no-hitter in the Phillies’ history, and the team’s first since Roy Halladay threw one against the Reds in the 2010 National League Division Series.

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Jon Stewart, Cheesesteaks And The Phillies Shake Shack Debacle

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Over on the Philadelphia magazine news blog, they’re talking about Ryne Sandberg‘s claim that he got food poisoning from eating at Shake Shack in New York. This, needless to say, got Jon Stewart a little steamed and, as the man is wont to do, he turned his giggly rage once more on Philly, cheesesteaks, Rocky, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and the Phanatic.

It’s a solid rant. I particularly like the part toward the end when he cracks up and mouths how much he really likes our signature sandwich of “beef scraps” and Whiz.

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Carlos Ruiz at Phillies Spring Training: “If We Stay Healthy, We Can Do a Lot of Good Things”

Photo | Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports

Photo | Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports

Sitting in front of his locker in a padded folding chair, across the room from the raucous noise of Howard and Byrd and Rollins and rap, the man they call Chooch is for a moment alone, quietly looking down at the glowing screen of his cell phone.

It is nearly five hours before the Phillies – the 1-and-8-and-1 Phillies, the worst-spring training record-in-baseball Phillies – will take the field for Grapefruit League game number 11. And Carlos Ruiz, who returned to the team on a much-chided three-year, $26 million contract, is tuning out the cacophony.

Inside the locker room and outside as well.

“I feel great with the group we have,” says Ruiz, who turned 36 on Jan. 22. “If we stay healthy, we can do a lot of good things.”

If we stay healthy.

If.

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Roy Halladay Is Not Unhappy with Charlie Manuel’s Firing

Amid the lovefest that was last week’s sendoff to Charlie Manuel, at least one Phillies star didn’t seem to be shedding any tears.

I’ve exchanged texts with him and obviously I loved him — he was great,” Halladay said. “But from what I’ve seen, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked…Just different things, guys being at places on time, being on the field on time, taking groundballs, taking extra BP, all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference.

Like every single thing Ryne Sandberg says Jimmy Rollins does wrong? [Daily News]

Read Dan McQuade’s homage, Charlie Manuel, True Philadelphian.