With the Phillies currently sitting at 53-68 and 13.5 games back in the division, team president David Montgomery has a lot of decisions to make about the future of the ball club. First and foremost on that list of decisions is who will lead the teams retooling.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is, without question, on the hot seat when it comes to his job security. The inefficiencies of the Major League club and farm system fall on the shoulders of Amaro and change could be coming.
One person who is relatively new to this Phillies mess is manager Ryne Sandberg but that might not save him from being part of potential changes. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week if the Phillies decide to part ways with Ruben Amaro, a new general manager could bring in a new manager despite Sandberg still having two years remaining on his current contract.
Rosenthal notes Sandberg has been overmatched in the big leagues and has not communicated well with his veteran players. In addition to Rosenthal's criticisms, Sandberg has made some questionable moves with his lineup and bullpen. At times he has a quick hook with his starting pitchers and it has blown up in his face. The handling of players like Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf has some scratching their heads.
An argument can be made that Sandberg has been set up to fail as he was handed an aging roster that is no longer able to seriously compete. With his hands tied by the current roster and lack of minor league depth, Sandberg can only do so much. That being said, he still has made some mistakes in his first full season as a Major League manager.
Is it fair to fire Sandberg after this season? Probably not. Is it a guarantee he will be back next season? Absolutely not.
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