Phillies to Hire Joe Girardi as Manager

Andrew Porter
October 24, 2019 - 9:26 am
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The Phillies will hire Joe Girardi to be their new manager, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

Girardi, 55, has a strong relationship with Phillies president Andy MacPhail, as both spent time with the Chicago Cubs. Giradi was the Yankees' manager from 2008-2017, helping New York to a World Series title in 2009, where they, of course, beat the Phils. 

The team announced their decision to move on from Gabe Kapler on October 10th, 10 days after the regular season came to end. 

Kapler, 44, was hired in October of 2017, inheriting a 96-loss team. He went 161-163 in two seasons as Phillies manager, but Philadelphia improved just one game from 2018 to 2019 despite the acquisition of Bryce Harper and other key players this offseason.   

During the Phillies' press conference with Phillies managing partner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak, and president Andy MacPhail, it was made clear that Middleton was unhappy with the 2019 results, ultimately deciding to move on from Kapler, who has hired by Klentak. 

"We definitely struggled with injuries," Kapler told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on September 25. "We lost multiple starting outfielders for the season, seven of our eight relievers that were projected to be in our bullpen were lost for the more than a quarter of our season and five of those for 100 games plus. When any team gets hit hard in two specific areas it's always going to test depth. We struggled with our starting pitching, they didn't take the step forward we had looked to see and I think there are a lot of reasons that contributed to that. Offensively, we didn't do a good enough job as a team of consistently driving pitches than we needed to hit, frankly."

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