Phillies hire Girardi as manager

Phillies hire Girardi as manager

Phillies hire Girardi as manager

Girardi's hiring comes in the wake of the Oct 10 firing ofGabe Kapler from the club's managerial seat, and his installment should provide a pretty fair litmus test as to the viability of Philadelphia's roster. The deal has not yet been signed. It was a team he had familiarity with being that he spent several seasons with them as a catcher, winning three World Series with Yankees, and also serving as the team's bench coach in 2005. Major League Baseball tries to avoid such announcements during its showcase event.

Kapler was sacked after an injury-depleted team went 81-81 despite significant offseason additions highlighted by Bryce Harper's arrival. He was 161-163 in his two seasons.

Girardi had been reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia to be a finalist for the job along with Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter last week.

Girardi was one of the most prominent candidates to fill vacant managerial spots across baseball. He previously managed the Florida Marlins in 2006 and the New York Yankees from 2008 to 2017.

During the interview process, the 55-year-old Girardi really "hit it off" with Phillies managing partner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak, and others in the organization, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Girardi was the 2006 National League Manager of the Year, leading the Marlins to a 78-84 record, but he was let go prior to the start of the 2007 season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been announced.

Over the next ten seasons in the Bronx, Girardi would win a World Series championship and log six playoff appearances before being relieved of duty at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Tingler faces tremendous expectations from ownership and a long-suffering fan base.

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