Philadelphia Phillies hire Joe Girardi as manager

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The Philadelphia Phillies prioritized experience after picking a first-time manager last time. Photo Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After firing manager Gabe Kapler following two seasons on the job, the Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly hired Joe Girardi to be the club’s next skipper.

Despite a big offseason where expectations were high after landing outfielder Bryce Harper, shortstop Jean Segura, catcher J.T. Realmuto amongst others, the Phillies finished fourth in the National League East with an 81-81 record.

The 55-year-old Girardi is 988-794 across 11 MLB seasons with the Florida Marlins and New York Yankees. Girardi was the manager of the 2009 Yankees team that won the World Series over the Phillies.

Girardi’s teams have been under .500 just once, which was his first year as a manager in 2006 with the Marlins. Girardi was fired after one season in Florida, despite winning National League Manager of the Year honors.

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets also had interest in Girardi. The Cubs went internal by hiring former catcher David Ross, who had previously been working in the front office, and the Mets’ search is still underway.

Girardi was a top choice to be Mets manager by the fans, and did interview twice with the club, but it seemed as if general manager Brodie Van Wagenen wanted another first-time manager who would be more open to following Van Wagenen’s orders.

Other candidates linked to the Mets are all first-time managerial candidates. The Mets are reportedly considering Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell and Derek Shelton amongst others as they cast a wide net to find the 22nd manager in club history.

Picking a first-time manager in order for the GM to have more of a say in the day-to-day operations is not strictly a Met thing. The Cubs selected David Ross, and the Yankees selected Aaron Boone two seasons ago, who also had no previous coaching experience, but has led the team to back-to-back 100-win seasons in his first two years at the helm.

Picking an inexperienced manager does not necessarily mean he would be a bad choice, but Girardi appeared to be the perfect fit for the Mets.

Girardi has New York ties, he’s won a championship in New York, he’s been a master in bullpen usage, something that has plagued the Mets for years, and he also already lives in the tri-state area, working as an analyst for MLB Network. 

The last manager to win a World Series with two different franchises was Tony La Russa with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. 

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