The Phillies are 14 games under .500 at 53-67. They only lead the Miami Marlins in the NL East. They are 20 1/2 games behind the Braves.
All of those numbers spell trouble for a major league manager. Today, those numbers meant the end of Charlie Manuel's tenure in Philadelphia.
Since the Phillies hired him in 2005, he won over over 700 games, four NL East titles, two NL Pennants and the 2008 World Series. At age 69, this was looking to be his first year to finish under .500.
Numbers don't mean everything but they generally don't lie. I'm no Phillies fan, but those numbers say that Manuel is at least a good manager.
The guy that should have been fired was GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
He had tradable pieces to send off at the trade deadline and did nothing. He decided to stick with his aging, struggling team. He kept his mediocre outfield, didn't beef up OR dump salary in the rotation and never found a viable replacement for Ryan Howard after the 2011 NLDS.