The Philadelphia Phillies, according to sources, have found the man that they believe is right to lead them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Philadelphia hired veteran manager Joe Girardi, who spent one year managing the Florida Marlins before managing the New York Yankees for a decade, as their new manager according to multiple media reports on Wednesday.
The Phillies, who dismissed former manager Gabe Kapler at the season’s end after only two seasons on the job, opted for the safe choice. Girardi is an experienced manager who has spent decades in the Majors as both a player and a manager, and he will now take his veteran know-how to the City of Brotherly Love.
The terms of Girardi’s contract were not immediately made available, but the organization is expected to announce more information about the specifics of the hiring over the next couple of days.
Girardi was highly successful with the Yankees, winning one World Series title in 2009, and making six playoff appearances during his decade at the helm. His career managerial record stands at a respectable 988-794.
Girardi will now be tasked with leading a talented team that has underachieved recently back to the glory that it has been unable to find for the better part of the past ten years.