All signs are pointing towards Joe Girardi being hired as the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to multiple reports.
David Kaplan of ESPN 1000 is reporting that Girardi "is the clean favorite" to become Philadelphia's new manager. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported the same thing, per colleague John Clark:
This is Joe Girardi leaving Citizens Bank Park tonight with a 👋🏼 after his second interview with Phillies— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 21, 2019
He is “believed to be the Phillies preferred candidate for manager,” according to @JSalisburyNBCS #Phillies pic.twitter.com/80EvpHzAer
Last week, it was reported that Girardi, Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker were the three remaining candidates for Philly's managerial opening. The latter two have Hall of Fame credentials.
But according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, owner John Middleton is a big fan of Girardi, and that could be a key reason in helping the latter win the job over Baker and Showalter.
The Philly front office likes Showalter from Baltimore dats. But belief is owner John Middleton — who made the Kapler call — is leaning toward Joe Girardi. Girardi likely has good feel he’s getting something since he left team USA. @thekapman suggested Phils job is Joe’s to lose.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 21, 2019
The Phillies are among the seven teams still looking for their next manager, along with the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.
Philadelphia fired Gabe Kapler after two seasons, having recorded a mere 161-163 record. Expectations were high for the Phillies this season after they signed two former NL MVPs in Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper, with the latter inking the largest contract in history at the time ($13 years, $330 million).
Girardi managed the Florida Marlins for one season in 2006, before managing the New York Yankees for 10 seasons from 2008 to 2017. He compiled a 910-710 record there, leading the Yankees to a 2009 World Series Championship plus ALCS appearances in 2010, 2012 and 2017. New York never recorded a losing season under Girardi.
Girardi Would Be Perfect For Phillies
The Phillies made a risky call in hiring Kapler, who had no previous MLB managerial experience. Girardi, meanwhile, has a proven track record and the necessary leadership and experience to help regrow a talented Philadelphia team into a championship contender. At this point, it's only a matter of time until Girardi is handed the keys to the managerial gig, and the Phillies won't regret it.