Phillies Passing On Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter, Hiring Joe Girardi
The Philadelphia Phillies are passing on Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter and hiring Joe Girardi, it appears.
Philadelphia made the decision to fire manager Gabe Kapler after his team finished 81-81 this season – good for fourth in the NL East.
Last year, during Kapler’s first with the organization, the Phillies finished 80-82.
Although this year’s group managed to become the first Phillies team since 2012 to achieve a .500 record, a one-game year-over-year improvement apparently was not enough for management.
Philadelphia began the search for Kapler’s replacement almost immediately. Among the big names listed as possible candidates were Baker, Showalter and Girardi.
This week, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported that a favorite has emerged from the bunch: Girardi.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) October 22, 2019
“Multiple sources said Girardi made himself the favorite among many for the Phillies’ managerial vacancy following an impressive showing Monday at Citizens Bank Park,” he wrote.
“The buzz inside the ballpark is that Phillies managing partner John Middleton prefers Girardi, but it is unknown if a job offer has been made or will be made.”
Girardi led the New York Yankees to a World Series in 2009 before ultimately getting fired eight years later.
As someone who is used to dealing with overpaid players failing to live up to their reputations and their contracts, he could be precisely what the Phillies and their bloated-salary roster need.