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For now, Joe Girardi’s job is reportedly safe


Joe Girardi’s job is reportedly safe. (Cheryl Pursell)

From the outside, it appears that Joe Girardi is on the hot seat. His Phillies teams are a combined 121-127 since his tenure as manager began in 2020. He was lauded as a culture changer prior to his arrival, but many of the team’s issues that predate his hiring still persist. So far, the Girardi-led Phillies teams have been nothing special. How much of that is his fault is up for debate.

Firing the manager is seen by many as a potential fix for the 11-15 Phillies. A manager’s salary does not count toward the luxury tax and the Phillies decided not to pick up his 2023 club option prior to the beginning of the season. However, it appears that the Phillies are not considering a managerial change just yet.

Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the thought of dismissing Girardi “hasn’t come up in the halls of 1 Citizens Bank Way, according to multiple high-ranking sources.” Lauber went on to add that the situation is more likely to be addressed at the end of the season as opposed to in-season.

Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski pinned the Phillies’ slow start on the inconsistent offense.

“It’s not Joe’s fault that we’ve been shut out or scored one run seven times,” Dombrowski told Lauber. “We’re a club that, he’s been in charge as far as handling situations. We’re prepared to play. We go out there on a day-in, day-out basis. We battle. I know Joe’s disappointed with our record. We’re all disappointed.”

In his first season as Detroit Tigers president, Dombrowski fired both general manager Randy Smith and manager Phil Garner after an 0-6 start in 2002. The rebuilding Tigers went on to lose 106 games that season.

2002 marks the only time in his career Dombrowski has fired a manager during the season. Nowadays, in-season manager firings have become exceedingly rare. Then St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was the last manager who was truly fired in the middle of a season back in July 2018. Every dismissal since then has occurred either in the final days of the season or immediately after.

It should be noted that the power dynamic that led to Gabe Kapler’s dismissal after two seasons no longer exists. Lauber reiterated in his report that Dombrowski has full autonomy to make baseball-related decisions. Managing partner John Middleton overruled both Matt Klentak and Andy MacPhail while making the call to either keep or retain Kapler in 2019.

A strong showing in May could slow down the hot-seat discussion regarding Girardi, but if the Phillies continue to lose series and fall back even further in the NL East, the job security of the manager will remain a story.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Tim Flynn

    May 7, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Constant lineup changes are killing the Phils order, nobody has a clue where they are hitting or playing besides Harper.
    Hoskins needs to be at 7 and Bohm is not a lead off hitter.

  2. Bill

    May 7, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Biggest disappointment is Girard , I really thought that he could motivate these guys to play above their skills or at least get the most out of what they have.
    Short try and fix the inability to hit breaking balls is to , Hire minor league pitchers to throw Sliders and Curve ball to these guys, either that or tell long his Job too is on line with his hitting philosophy

  3. Rich

    May 7, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Phillies will wait until it is to late. Larry Boas is exactly what the team needs. By the end of May they will be 10 games below 500.

  4. Steve

    May 9, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Joe’s got to go. He never was what the hype around him said he was.
    But he is still under contract and the Phillies would still be
    obligated to PAY HIM! So that is why he is still SAFE. As always
    it is all about the money. Baseball is 2nd. I stopped caring long ago.

  5. John

    May 9, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Phillies lack cohesion. No effective lead off hitter and a barely adequate defense. This coupled with an erratic ever changing line up leads to inconsistent offensive performance. Kyle Swarber is NOT a lead off hitter and Rhys Hoskins needs to sit

    • David Kupsick

      May 9, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Schwarber is a slight upgrade over McCutcheon
      Average defense, power

      Hoskins is really pressing.

      It’s not Girardi’s fault they’ve only scored 1 run in 7 games

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