The Philadelphia Phillies have hired former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi as their next skipper.
The team announced that he receives a three-year contract with a team option in 2023. Girardi will be introduced at a news conference Monday.
Girardi replaces Gabe Kapler, who was fired after two disappointing seasons. The Phillies went into last season with high hopes after signing Bryce Harper but still missed the playoffs, finishing at 81-81 and in fourth place in the National League East
The 55-year-old Girardi brings a pretty solid resume to Philly having managed 10 years with the Yankees from 2008 to 2017 with a 910-710 record over that span and a World Series championship in 2009 over the Philadelphia organization he is taking over.
"I'm excited for this next chapter of my career," Girardi said. "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.”
Given that he just got the job, it was nice him not to add that many Philly fans also need to be committed.
Girardi also interviewed with the New York Mets, who still have an opening, and the Chicago Cubs, who went with David Ross. The Phillies reportedly also talked to former major league managers Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker.
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