Phillies fire manager Girardi after 2-plus seasons

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The Philadelphia Phillies have fired supervisor Joe Girardi, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski introduced Friday.

The transfer was made with the Phillies at 22-29, having misplaced seven of their previous 9 video games and sitting in third place within the Nationwide League East, 12 video games behind the New York Mets.

“It has been a irritating season for us up till this level, as we really feel that our membership has not performed as much as its capabilities,” Dombrowski stated in a press release. “Whereas all of us share the accountability for the shortcomings, I felt {that a} change was wanted and {that a} new voice within the clubhouse would give us the perfect likelihood to show issues round.”

Girardi, 57, had served as Phillies supervisor for the previous three seasons, going 132-141 as Philadelphia continues to hunt its first playoff look since 2011.

In 14 seasons as a serious league supervisor for the Marlins, Yankees and Phillies, Girardi is 1,120-935, successful a World Sequence with New York in 2009.

Additionally dismissed Friday was teaching assistant Bobby Meacham, who had joined the workforce in 2020 together with Girardi.

The Phillies have a $224 million payroll and boast 2021 NL MVP Bryce Harper and NL Cy Younger Award runner-up Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and free-agent sluggers Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber. But Philadelphia hasn’t received the World Sequence since 2008 and has watched fan curiosity plummet by means of a decade-plus of mediocre baseball.

Harper has been plagued a lot of the season with proper forearm soreness and was pressured to surrender proper subject and play designated hitter. Second baseman Jean Segura is out for as much as three months with a fractured proper index finger. The Phillies are 12-15 at dwelling and are 4-10 in one-run video games.

Bench coach Rob Thomson will function the workforce’s interim supervisor for the remainder of the season, whereas high quality assurance coach Mike Calitri was promoted to bench coach.

“I imagine we’ve got a gifted group that may get again on monitor, and I’m assured that Rob, along with his expertise and familiarity with our membership, is the suitable man to steer us going ahead,” Dombrowski stated.

Thomson has been with the Phillies for the reason that 2018 season. He beforehand spent 28 years within the Yankees group, together with 10 seasons when Girardi served as supervisor from 2008 to 2017.

“I’m extraordinarily excited for this chance and I respect the boldness Dave has proven in me,” Thomson stated in a press release. “Having stated that, that is an emotional day for me, having labored so intently with Joe for therefore a few years. This has been my dwelling now for the final 5 years and I care deeply about this franchise, this metropolis, our gamers, our coaches, our workers and our followers. I’m prepared to steer this workforce and sit up for attending to work and turning this round.”

Thomson’s first sport Friday might be in opposition to a Los Angeles Angels workforce that has misplaced eight straight video games total and 6 straight on the highway.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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