Top Candidates to Replace Charlie Manuel If the Phillies Fire Him

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Top Candidates to Replace Charlie Manuel If the Phillies Fire Him
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Sooner than later, the Charlie Manuel era will end in Philadelphia.

With a contract that expires after the season, a mediocre roster, expectations out of whack in a city clinging to former greatness and the specter of a fire sale between now and July 31, the last few months of the 2013 Phillies season may be ugly.

Of course, that would be the exception for this group in Philadelphia considering how well the team has played in the second half of seasons under Manuel.

Yet, it's time to accept the exception to the rule coming to fruition for a team that is heading backwards fast.

When Ruben Amaro and the ownership group in Philadelphia decide to move in a different direction, one candidate seems to stand out above the rest, but the interviews and process will be riveting for a franchise trying to replace the most successful manager in their history.

Here are the top candidates for the job to replace Charlie Manuel as the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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