Joe Girardi has been the Philadelphia Phillies manager for the past three seasons. The struggling club has been trying to reach the MLB playoffs for the first time since 2011. After a disappointing 22-29 start, Girardi is now out as the head man in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Phillies have lost seven of their last nine games. The franchise decided that enough was enough. Today, they officially fired Joe Girardi.
Philadelphia president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced the move in a statement this morning. He noted that the team is feeling the frustration of their poor start. A change in the clubhouse could be just what the doctor ordered.
“It has been a frustrating season for us up until this point, as we feel that our club has not played up to its capabilities. While all of us share the responsibility for the shortcomings, I felt that a change was needed and that a new voice in the clubhouse would give us the best chance to turn things around.”
The club announced that bench coach Rob Thomson has been named interim manager. He will hold that position for the remainder of the 2022 season. Assistant coach Bobby Meacham was also let go.
Time will tell if the move sparks the Phillies. They are sitting dangerously on the cusp of irrelevance. Fans are hoping the move energizes the club, who expected much more when Joe Girardi was brought in to lead the team.