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Dave Dombrowski says Joe Girardi will return in 2022

Joe Girardi is finishing up his second season as Phillies manager. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Joe Girardi will not be the second consecutive Philadelphia Phillies manager to be let go after two seasons on the job.

Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski says that the Phillies plan to retain Girardi for the 2022 season.

“I think he’s done a good job,” Dombrowski said Friday, per‘s Todd Zolecki. “I actually talked to him yesterday after the game. I said Joe, ‘You did a good job.’ The way I look at it is, the manager’s job is very tough. They get second-guessed all the time. That comes with the territory. But I enjoy working with him. He’s a good baseball man. He’s smart. He’s a good person. He works hard. He’s very conscientious.”

Girardi entered Friday’s game against the Miami Marlins with an 109-110 record in two seasons as the Phillies manager. When the Phillies hired him to be their skipper in October of 2019, they gave him a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth season. 2022 is the final guaranteed season of the deal, and it will be interesting to see if Girardi’s camp pushes the Phillies to guarantee the fourth-year option before the start of next season.

Gabe Kapler — Girardi’s predecessor — is expected to run away with the National League Manager of the Year Award, as his San Francisco Giants are an MLB-best 105-54 in 2021. Kapler was fired by the Phillies after two seasons that saw the team go 161-163.


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