Game 155 - Sunday Afternoon, September 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 71-84, Tied for 3rd Place, 21 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: On the day Ryne Sandberg signed a three-year contract to manage the Phillies, his team lost 4-3, getting swept by the Mets in their final home series of 2013.
What It Means: The game was secondary to the big news that Sandberg would officially be at the helm through the 2016 season with a team option for 2017. His next task will be assembling a coaching staff for 2014, as it appears as if he'll go with his own guys instead of sticking with the staff cobbled together by former manager Charlie Manuel.
I'd love to see Larry Bowa back in a Phillies uniform, and I read yesterday that my all-time favorite player, Bob Dernier, could be a fit as a coach as well:
Ex-Phillie Bob Dernier along with former big leaguer, Doug Dascenzo, could be a candidate for a coaching position, too. Dernier, another former teammate of Sandberg in the Phillies’ minor-league system and with the Cubs, was Chicago’s first base coach in 2011.What Went Wrong: In the game itself, the Mets took the lead when Domonic Brown overran a ball in left field in the seventh inning. Cliff Lee pitched well again, allowing three runs (two earned) in his seven innings of work, but the offense could only come up with three runs to support his effort.
Featured Card: This will be Sandberg's third card in the 2013 Chachi set. He first appeared as a coach on an early season card, then as an interim manager, and I thought his official appointment merited a season highlight card as well.