Burdened by baseball's worst record, Sandberg resigned as manager of the Phillies on Friday after posting a 119-159 mark over parts of three seasons with the franchise. The Phillies enter Friday's game against the
"With some changes at the top looming, I did not want to be in the way of anything happening and progress going forward," an emotional Sandberg said while meeting with reporters. "Wins and losses was a big thing that took a toll on me."
Sandberg, 55, took over the Phillies in September 2013 and guided the team to a 73-89 record in 2014, which was his only full season with the club.
The Phillies announced third base coach Pete Mackanin will take over as interim manager.
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005 after a decorated playing career with the Phillies and Chicago Cubs, Sandberg was trying to establish himself as a team skipper in his first
"Managing a team is very challenging," Sandberg said. "I enjoyed the challenge. I enjoyed coming to the ballpark every day. I had excellent work from my coaching staff. The goal was to get the most out of my players."
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