Phillies Fire Smith

The Phillies have fired third base coach Steve Smith.

This did not come as a complete surprise. I had heard rumblings that Charlie Manuel wasn't happy with Smith's job performance. Smith was a last-minute hire before the 2007 season after Art Howe abruptly quit to become the bench coach with the Texas Rangers. Smith had been suspended twice for on-field incidents, which had upset Manuel.

This was Manuel's decision, not Amaro's.