Philadelphia Phillies split with manager Joe Girardi – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi Friday. Bank coach Rob Thomson becomes interim manager.

Coaching assistant Bobby Meacham was also relieved of his duties.

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The Phillies will hold a press conference on the decision to leave Girardi at 2 p.m., which you can watch on CBS News Philly above.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said in a press release that the Phillies are not living up to their potential and felt that change was necessary.

“It has been a frustrating season for us so far because we feel our club has not played to its potential,” Dombrowski said. “While we all share 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 of turning things around. I believe we have a talented group who are can get on the right track and I am confident that Rob, with his experience and familiarity with our club, is the right man to lead us into the future.”

Girardi was in the hotseat because the Phillies have had a slow start this season. They are currently 22-29, good for third in the NL East and 12 games back from the first place New York Mets.

Girardi was hired for the 2020 season after the team parted ways with Gabe Kapler, who is now the manager of the San Francisco Giants.

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Girardi finished his Phillies stint with a record 132-141, including one season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the Phillies fired Charlie Manuel in 2013, they have had no luck finding a long-term manager. They have experienced four different skippers since Manuel, including Girardi. Before him, Kapler, Pete Mackanin and Ryne Sandberg held the position.

With those four at the helm, the Phillies have a combined record of 586-701.

The Phillies haven’t made the playoffs since 2011, which is the second longest MLB drought in the MLB, after the Seattle Mariners.

The Phillies have made some big buys in Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber during the off-season, but all those spending have led to success on the field.

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If the Phillies have plans to end that drought during this season, they’ll have to do it quickly.

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