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Phillies fire manager Joe Girardi


Joe Girardi was fired on Friday. (Photo by John Adams/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Phillies are parting ways with manager Joe Girardi, the team announced Friday morning.

The Phillies were 132-141 under Girardi in three seasons and have a 22-29 record so far in 2022. Bench coach Rob Thomson will serve as interim manager.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia first reported on Friday that a managerial change could be in the works. The Athletic‘s Jayson Stark then confirmed that Girardi is on his way out, with Thomson taking over.

After missing the postseason in Girardi’s first two seasons in Philadelphia, the team continued to add talent this past offseason, spending over the luxury-tax threshold for the first time in team history. The talented and expensive core has still underperformed into this year, prompting the move to fire Girardi.

Coaching assistant Bobby Meacham was also let go by the Phillies. Quality assurance coach Mike Calitri will now serve as the bench coach for Thomson, who will manage for the first time after years as a bench coach under Girardi in both Philadelphia and New York.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Xander

    June 3, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Good.

  2. Fred

    June 3, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Has firing the manager EVER fixed what was wrong with a baseball team?

    Didn’t think so……..

  3. Wade

    June 3, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    I was hoping the Phanartic would take over, but I guess this works too.

  4. Jason B

    June 3, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    This is an interesting move by Dombrowski. It took a brass pair for several reasons. For one, now its unquestionably on the players. For two, with two thirds of the season to play its possible that they adjust and begin firing on all cylinders for the last 3rd. If this team remains lacklustre, listless, then maybe it seems like Dombrowski, not Giardi, Kapler…. is the problem. Or at a minimum- the Phils are just cursed. But I say better to rip off the bandaid sooner than later. Giardi didn’t help himself with the I’m not worried about my job press conference. This organization has issues. It’s possible that the firing of Giardi won’t alone resolve them- but it might be another step in righting this ship, especially how it was done and the timing of when it was done. This team needs to have a sleepover, watch Rocky and get the Eye of the Tiger.

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