Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has announced his resignation midway through his second full season as the struggling club's skipper.
The Phillies currently own MLB's worst record at 26-48, which followed a 73-89 campaign and last-place finish in the National League East under Sandberg in 2014.
"The accumulation of losses was something that I take responsibility for and something that really took a toll on me," Sandberg said at a press conference prior to Friday's home game against the Washington Nationals.
Third base coach Pete Mackanin will take over Sandberg's duties on an interim basis.
The surprising decision comes amidst reports that the beleaguered Phillies are planning to make sweeping changes to their front office, with the team believed to be on the verge of hiring former Twins, Cubs and Orioles executive Andy MacPhail as its new president.
"With some leadership roles coming up, I think it was important for me not to be in the way with the way things have gone this year, but allow the organization to go forward and really get this thing going," said Sandberg, who compiled a 119-159 overall record in his first managerial gig at the major league level.
Sandberg took over for the highly successful Charlie Manuel in Philadelphia on August 16, 2013. The Hall of Fame second baseman was named the Phillies' permanent manager on September 22 of that year and was under contract through the 2016 season.