Ryne Sandberg resigns from his role as Phillies manager, cites potential front office changes as a motivating factor.

by PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
June 26 2015, 5:10 PM EST.

Ryne Sandberg knew big changes were on the way within the Phillies front office, so he made the decision Friday to resign from his role as manager.

"I do not like to lose, I hate to lose. I think that's the biggest thing that weighed on me," said Sandberg. "I felt it was better now than later, for myself, my family, the organization."

Sandberg, 55, was 119-159 during his tenure, including a 26-48 mark this season. He was named the interim in 2013 after taking over for Charlie Manuel with 42 games remaining in the season and named full-time the following season.

Third base coach Pete Mackanin will take over on an interim basis.

Sandberg's decision was sudden.

"I don't think anyone knew this was going to happen," said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

"It's not an easy decision. In a lot of ways I'm old school, and I'm very much dissatisfied with the record and not pleased at all with that," Sandberg said. "I think that goes hand in hand with being a manager. So it's been a difficult thing to swallow, but I have thought about it for some time, and we've come to this day.

"The accumulation of losses was something that I take responsibility for and something that really took a toll on me."

Sandberg twice cited the Phillies' looming front office changes as a motivating factor in his decision. The Phillies are reported to be finalizing an agreement with longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail and it's widely believed that MacPhail will clean house and hire a new manager and general manager.

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