With Gabe Kapler out, the Phillies were looking for a new manager. They hired Joe Girardi, the ex-manager of one of Philly’s biggest rivals, the New York Yankees as the Phillies new manager.
Some fans were hoping Charlie Manuel would be the manager again or even Chase Utley, as he is now retired. Girardi has received a contract with the team until 2023 and will wear number 25.
In a statement, Girardi said, “I’m excited for this next chapter of my career. The Phillies have a strong commitment to winning from the owners to the front office to the players to the fans. It’s something that I’ve seen up close for the last 30 years of my baseball career. I played against the great Phillies players of the early ’90s from Dutch Daulton to John Kruk to Dave Hollins, and I managed against their teams during the incredible run they had from 2008 to 2011. To have my name now associated with this great franchise is something that I couldn’t be happier about.”
Besides Joe Girardi, the Phillies were also considering Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker for the manager role.
Girardi managed the Yankees for 10 years, from 2008 to 2017, bringing them a world series win in 2009, against the Phillies. He had a 910-710 record overall.
This will be an exciting new chapter for the Phillies, and we are excited to see where he takes the team.