MIAMI -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy was surprised by Friday's dismissal of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, the winningest skipper in club history. However, Bochy acknowledged that the move was understandable.
Manuel led Philadelphia to five straight National League East titles and back-to-back World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009, but losing records this year and last spelled the end.
Bochy and San Francisco sit in last place in the NL West this season after winning World Series titles in 2010 and 2012.
"It's funny in this game how quickly things can turn around," Bochy said.
Bochy had nothing but praise for his colleague when reflecting on Manuel's accomplishments.
"Charlie did a great job there and had a heck of a run and has a lot to be proud of," Bochy said. "But listening to them, they talked all week and this is what they decided to do, and it makes sense."
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.