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Phillies Fire Joe Girardi

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This morning, it was announced that the Philadelphia Phillies have fired Joe Girardi, the team’s manager since the 2020 season. Meanwhile, bench coach Rob Thomson will take over for the remainder of the year.

The Phillies are currently a disappointing 22-29 on the season and trail the Mets by 12 games in the NL East and the San Francisco Giants by 5.5 games for the second wild card position. With plenty of season left to be played, the Phillies hope that making this move now will help the team claw back into playoff positioning.

From Hot Seat to the Unemployment Line

When the Phillies hired Joe Girardi, they were hoping that the former World Series winning manager would help bring the Phillies back to the playoffs. Instead, they struggled in parts of three seasons and he finishes his tenure in Philadelphia 10 games below .500.

Adding Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler and Nick Castellanos looked to boost the Phillies in each of the past three seasons. Instead, they only finished over .500 once, going 82-80 last year.

Joe Girardi originally found himself on the hot seat thanks to inconsistent play and constant bickering with the media. Adding more pain to Phillies’ fans, former manager Gabe Kapler has taken the San Francisco Giants to the playoffs last season.

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