PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies answered the first of several questions that will confront them in the offseason Sunday.

The team removed the interim tag from Ryne Sandberg and named him manager. Sandberg signed a three-year contract with a club option for 2017.

“We’re ecstatic to have Ryne Sandberg lead us on the field for the next several years,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday morning.

Sandberg became the interim manager on Aug. 16 after the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel. Philadelphia is 18-16 under Sandberg.

“I’m thrilled with the opportunity, and I’m also excited about the potential for next year,” Sandberg said. 

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