Joe Girardi’s seat went from hot to smoky.
The Philadelphia Phillies announced Friday that they have fired their mid-22-29 manager at the start of the 2022 season.
“It’s been a frustrating season for us to this point, as we feel our club has not tapped into its potential,” said Dave Dombrowski, Phillies chief of baseball operations in a statement. “While we all share responsibility for our shortcomings, I felt that change was needed and that a new voice at the club would give us the best chance to turn things around.”
Rob Thompson will take charge of the Phillies.
“I believe we have a talented group that can get back on the right track and I am confident that Rob, with his experience and knowledge of our club, is the right man to lead us moving forward.”
Thompson, who spent 10 of his 28 seasons with the Yankees as head coach and third head coach, became the 56th coach in franchise history.
“I am very excited about this opportunity and I really appreciate the confidence Dave has shown me,” he said. Having said that, it is an emotional day for me, having worked closely with Joe for many years. This has been my home for the past five years and I care deeply about this franchise, this city, our players, our coaches, our staff and our fans, and I am ready To lead this team and I look forward to working and transforming. This is about it.”
Gerardi’s time at Philly is coming to an end with a record 132-141 over two seasons and more. The former Yankees manager spent 10 seasons in the Bronx, and led the team to the world title in 2009. Over 14 seasons as an MLB manager, his teams went from 1,120 to 935.
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