|I Long for Ed Wade|
From a purely fairness standpoint, Charlie Manuel deserved to finish out his last season in his contract, and go out with the fans cheering and chanting for him. To remove him during the year denies him that "farewell" moment with the city that he brought a title to. Charlie isn't the greatest manager in baseball history, but despite his in-game issues, managed to be the winningest manager in club history. Even the current issues with this team weren't a product of his work. Sure, he should have been done after this season anyway, but he deserved at least as much dignity as Andy Reid got to keep across the street.
It's also really unfair to Ryne Sandberg for that matter. His first MLB Managerial gig is the final 42 games or a ruined season, with a crappy roster full of broken players, physically and mentally. That should be a great way to judge him, win or lose, right? Wrong. He deserved to take over a team next spring that he had a say in helping to craft. That did not happen. Instead, he's being thrown to the wolves.
I think the biggest issue I have though is in what this suggests. This move suggests that Ruben Amaro thinks that this team is underachieving, and could be improved by changing who fills out the line-up card. It suggests that Amaro thinks that the problem with this team wasn't his own awful talent evaluation in putting it together, or his terrible contracts, or their collective age. He honestly just fired his manager with 42 meaningless games left, as though even a changed result would matter. The reality is that the roster sucks. It's bad. The manager is almost irrelevant until that changes.
|At least he doesn't have to suffer through anymore of this season.|
Charlie is gone, and he would have been gone after the season. That's sad, but not necessarily the end of the world. The end of the world is that the guy who built this turd-sandwich of a roster is still here, and still seems intent on business-as-usual. That should scare you all, a lot.