(NEW YORK) — The Philadelphia Phillies decision to fire longtime manager Charlie Manuel came as a shock to many players, but starting pitcher Roy Halladay thinks the team is better off without him.
“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.”
“So from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think Ryne’s going to do a good job and I think he’s going to do a good job and I think he’s going to bring back a little more of the Phillie baseball style than we’ve had the last couple of years,” he continued.
Manuel spent eight-and-a-half seasons with the Phillies, and is their all-time winningest manager. He won a World Series with the club back in 2008, just the second in franchise history.
But the team has been heading in a steady decline in recent years. They missed the playoffs last season and with the team falling further and further in the standings this season, a change was made as they promoted Ryne Sandberg to interim manager.
Halladay had played under Manuel since 2010.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN