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Phillies fire Joe Girardi: Manager replaced by Rob Thomson after Philadelphia loses 12 of last 17 games

Phillies fire Joe Girardi: Manager replaced by Rob Thomson after Philadelphia loses 12 of last 17 games

At 22-29, the Philadelphia Phillies are off to their worst start since 2017, and it cost manager Joe Girardi his job. The Phillies announced on Friday that they have relieved Girardi of his duties. Assistant coach Bobby Meacham was also fired. Bench coach Rob Thomson will act as interim manager and quality assurance coach Mike Calitri has been named bench coach.

“It has been a frustrating season for us so far as we believe our club has not lived up to its abilities,” President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “While we all share responsibility for the shortcomings, I felt a change was needed and that a fresh voice at the clubhouse would give us the best chance of turning things around. I think we have a talented group that can get back on track, and I’m confident that Rob, with his experience and familiarity with our club, is the right person to lead us into the future.”

Earlier this week, Girardi, who led the Phillies to a 132-141 record in two seasons plus two months as manager, told reporters he didn’t care about his job security despite the team’s poor play. The Phillies have lost 12 of their last 17 games, including several late-inning heartbreakers. They are 12 games behind the first place New York Mets in Eastern Newfoundland.

“I don’t worry about my job” Girardi said. “I never worried about my job. I don’t worry about my job. I have to do my job. That’s the business of being a manager. I don’t care.”

The Phillies haven’t made the playoffs since 2011 – they have the longest playoff drought in the National League – and they are currently 5½ games behind the third and final wildcard spot, although it there are five teams ahead of them in the standings. The Phillies have a worse record than the Pittsburgh Pirates (22-27) and the same record as the Chicago Cubs (22-29).

Philadelphia’s roster is a hodgepodge of incompatible pieces, including several players whose best position is DH (Nick Castellanos, Rhys Hoskins, Kyle Schwarber), a weak center field, no real center back, and a shaky bullpen. . Girardi didn’t make that list, although he didn’t max out what he received either. He has come under particular scrutiny for his recent use of the bullpen.

Girardi, 57, has a career record of 1,120-935 (.545) that also includes saves with the Florida Marlins (2006) and New York Yankees (2008-17). If Dombrowski’s line about needing a “new voice in the clubhouse” sounds familiar, it’s because Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave a similar reason when explaining his decision to part ways with Girardi in 2017.

Of course, that “new voice” will be Thomson, one of Girardi’s longtime confidants and a member of his coaching staff throughout his time with the Yankees. Thomson is a lifelong baseball player who has held various coaching and front office positions. The Phillies say he will be the team’s interim manager through the end of the 2022 season.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity and appreciate the confidence Dave has shown in me,” Thomson said in a statement. “Having said that, it’s an emotional day for me, having worked so closely with Joe for so many years. This has been my home for five years and I care deeply about this franchise, this city, our players, of our coaches, our staff and our fans. I’m ready to lead this team and I can’t wait to get to work and make a difference.”

The Phillies had a holiday on Thursday. They open a three-game home series against Mike Trout, who grew up near Philadelphia, and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

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