Report: Ryne Sandberg Has ‘Lost the Clubhouse,’ Major Changes Coming
Changes seem to be on the horizon for the Philadelphia Phillies.
As the team continues to struggle and remain the worst team in baseball, there could be a massive overhaul this coming offseason.
According to a report, the possibility of long-time baseball executive Andy MacPhail being hired as team president is real. MacPhail has spent time with the Twins, Cubs, most recently with the Orioles, is very close with current team president Pat Gillick and is most likely in line for a hire.
Not soon after the exit of former club president David Montgomery, billionaire part owner John Middleton and has taken on "more of a prominent role" with the organization and is said to "freshen up" the Phillies who find themselves at 23-46.
If a new president in MacPahil is hired, both Ruben Amaro and Ryne Sandberg could find themselves fired as many expect MacPhail to start with swooping changes and a clean slate.
One team source told Jon Heyman in the report that Sandberg has "lost the clubhouse" with his calm approach to the game and not willing to be tough enough on his players. If you recall, Ken Rosenthal also reported that many in baseball think Sandberg is "over matched" as manager of this team. These reports are coming after the fact of players Ken Giles and Chase Utley both visibly showing their frustrations against a seemingly over matched coaching staff during games.
Still, Amaro remains at the helm along side Gillick with the MLB trade deadline a little over a month away. Cole Hamels, Johnathan Papelbon, Ben Revere are all available to be had, but Amaro is a lame duck and his "final say" power has been questioned since the arrival of Gillick as team president.