Phillies hire Joe Girardi to lead the team in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Phillies wanted an experienced manager. Through the search, the Phillies get their man.

The team has hired Joe Girardi on Thursday morning. Officials terms of the agreement are disclosed at this time.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi looks on during the retirement ceremony of Derek Jeter's number 2 jersey
Joe Girardi looks on during the retirement ceremony of Derek Jeter’s number 2 jersey (Getty Images)

He was a candidate for the Phillies and New York Mets managerial positions. However, the search with the Mets is still ongoing.

Girardi replaces Gabe Kapler, who was fired after the season. Kapler was the team’s manager the last two seasons.

The Peoria, Illinois native returns to coaching after missing the last two seasons. He beat out former MLB managers Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker for the position.

He was last a manager during the 2017 season. That was his final season with the New York Yankees as their manager.

The former MLB catcher was hired as the Yankees manager in 2008. He replaced Joe Torre as the team’s manager at the time.

Before his appointment as the Yankees manager, he spent the 2005 season as the Yankees bench coach. Girardi also was the Florida Marlins manager during the 2006 season.

As a manager, he has one World Series Championship — and four overall in his baseball career. His 2009 World Series Championship was over the Phillies.

He was also the NL Manager of the Year in 2006.

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