The Phillies Have Fired Manager Joe Girardi: Are His Days in Baseball Numbered?
The Phillies have reportedly fired Manager Joe Girardi after an abysmal 22-29 start to the 2022 season. The Phillies lineup is one of the best in baseball, yet the team has been significantly underperforming. A preseason free agency splurge has done nothing to help the Phillies, so they naturally did the only thing that makes sense–they fired their manager.
Girardi is the last manager to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series title, but unfortunately, he could not even sniff that same success in Philadelphia. If you think the Phillies can rebound, you can bet on them through any of these Pennsylvania Online Casinos.
"It has been a frustrating season for us up until this point, as we feel that our club has not played up to its capabilities,” said Dave Dombrowski, the Phillies Bench Coach, in a statement released by the club. "While all of us share the responsibility for the shortcomings, I felt that a change was needed and that a new voice in the clubhouse would give us the best chance to turn things around.”
The Phillies are currently in third place in the NL East, 12 games behind the first-place Mets. Entering the season, the Phillies were one of the favorites to win the East, thanks to their lineup which includes:
- Bryce Harper
- Nick Castellanos
- JT Realmuto
- Kyle Schwarber
- Alec Bohm
The fact that Girardi wasn’t able to find success with a lineup like that spells out trouble for the rest of his career, raising the question: Is Girardi’s time in baseball done?
Joe Girardi’s lifetime record as a manager is 1120-935, winning his only World Series and Pennant in 2009 with the Yankees. While teams in the MLB seem to constantly be looking for managers, Girardi’s resume doesn’t necessarily jump off the page. The years he managed the Yankees were fine, but fans eventually grew tired of the fact that no serious postseason success was being made. His time in Philadelphia didn’t help his reputation at all, seeing as how the Phillies missed out on the postseason twice under his reign.
It’s hard to say that Girardi will NEVER manage again–but if that were to be true, I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised. I could see him joining a team as a catchers coach maybe, or really any other position other than a manager–but his days as skipper may be numbered.