By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s Wednesday, a couple of days before the start of the July 4th holiday weekend. Let’s have some fun, shall we?

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With Ryne Sandberg recently resigning as Phillies manager, the franchise (who will go with interim manager Pete Mackanin for the rest of this season) is expected to eventually hire a replacement.

And who’s more fun than a former player? They’re young, hungry, and haven’t failed elsewhere.

Here are five potential former Phillies that could, kind of, maybe, become the next manager.

5. Chase Utley

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 05: Second baseman Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies sits out of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 05: Second baseman Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies sits out of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

While Utley isn’t a former player (yet), let’s be proactive here. Maybe as a player manager for 2016? Don’t leave us Chase!

4. Pat Burrell

(Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

The most fun and ridiculous choice, but think about it. Think about it.

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3. David Bell

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - MAY 25:  David Bell #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies dives, but does not catch, a single hit by Jose Reyes of the New York Mets in the fourth inning at Shea Stadium on May 25, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – MAY 25: David Bell #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies dives, but does not catch, a single hit by Jose Reyes of the New York Mets in the fourth inning at Shea Stadium on May 25, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bell, 42, is currently the bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and was formerly the manager for the Triple-A Louisville Bats and the former Double-A Carolina Mudcats in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Bell comes from a baseball family and is learning from the Cardinals. And they’re (despite a small hacking thing) a pretty successful organization.

2. Jim Thome

(credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

(credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Thome, 44, was beloved while in Philly. He joined the Chicago White Sox organization in 2013 as a special assistant to the manager and expressed interest in one day becoming a manager. And we know how Charlie Manuel, a senior advisor (or whatever he is now) for the Phillies, feels about his former slugger.

1. Raul Ibanez

(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Raauuuuuuuuulllllllll.

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I’m not just throwing things at the wall. Ibanez, 43, another beloved Phillie, was a finalist to manage the Tampa Bay Rays last year.