Manuel, 69, had managed the Phillies since 2005, a run that included five consecutive
The only managers who have served their current teams longer than Manuel are
Manuel, who also managed the
Johnson is stepping down at the end of the season. Among the candidates rumored under consideration to replace him:
Sandberg, 53, has been the Phillies' bench coach this season after five seasons as a minor league manager. He was drafted by the Phillies in 1978 but spent all but six at-bats of his distinguished career with the
The Phillies are on pace for their first losing season since 2002. They have lost 19 of their last 23 games and stand 53-67 before Friday's game against the Dodgers.
Manuel, an outfielder in his playing days, closed his career as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in 1975. For his final major league hit, he batted for DeJesus and singled.