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Philadelphia Phillies Hire Joe Girardi As Next Manager

The Philadelphia Phillies are hiring Joe Girardi as their next manager, according to Jim Salisbury from NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Girardi had been a prime favorite to become Philadelphia's new manager for several weeks, and the team finally made it official on Thursday. Now, the World Series winning manager gets the chance to write another chapter in his storied baseball career.

Philadelphia fired manager Gabe Kapler after two seasons, having gone 81-81 and a mere fourth overall in the NL East division this season. Last week, it was reported that Girardi and future Hall of Fame inductees Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker were the three candidates to take over as the next manager in Philadelphia.

With Philadelphia hiring Girardi and the Chicago Cubs naming David Ross their new manager on Wednesday, there are now five remaining managerial gig openings remaining: The Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets and San Diego Padres.

The Phillies were one of the biggest disappointments in all of baseball in the regular season. Expectations were high when they inked Bryce Harper to a record 13-year, $330 million deal, plus former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Related: Chicago Cubs Hire David Ross As Their New Manager

But in hiring Girardi, the Phillies have themselves a proven winner who is renowned for his ability to communicate well with his players. Girardi went 910-710 in his 10 years as manager of the New York Yankees - leading them to a 2009 World Series Championship plus ALCS appearances in 2010, 2012 and 2017.

Phillies Make The Right Choice

The Phillies have enough talent to compete for a World Series championship, and Girardi is the man that can help them reach that status in 2020. He's creative with his in-game strategies, and Girardi knows what it takes to get to the next level. The Phillies most certainly won't regret bringing in a man who's only 12 wins away from 1,000 for his career.

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