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Philadelphia Phillies Hire Former Yankees Manager and Catcher Joe Girardi to Manage Ball Club

Introduction

On Thursday, October 24th, 2019 the Philadelphia Phillies announced that they made the decision to hire Joe Girardi as the next manager of their ball club. Although nothing is official just yet, the details as well as the press conference to introduce him as their manager should be coming soon.

Girardi has a lot of Major League Baseball experience as a player and a manager throughout his professional baseball career. He was also very successful in both of those roles, and it was only a matter of time until he was given another opportunity to coach in the big leagues once again. The Phillies were the organization providing the Illinois native that opportunity. Recently Joe has been in the broadcasting booth calling ball games, but he will gladly put his career as a baseball analyst on hold while he manages the Philadelphia team starting in 2020.

Girardi was interviewed by the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets to fill their vacant managerial positions, but the Cubs hired David Ross to manage in Chicago. The Mets are still working on hiring their next manager. Girardi was one of several candidates considered by the Philadelphia Phillies others included Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter who both have extensive experience managing in the MLB.

Coaching and Managerial Experience

As Girardi’s days as a Major League Baseball player came to an end in 2003, it did not take long for him to find a way to stay involved in the game that he loves. In 2004 he was a broadcaster for the YES Network. By 2005 he signed on as the bench coach of the New York Yankees https://wizardofodds.com/online-gambling/sports-betting/busted-up-in-the-bronx-2019-new-york-yankees-continue-to-suffer-injuries-to-big-name-players under the highly successful Joe Torre who was the manager of the Yankees at that time and had managed Girardi when he played for the Yankees.

By 2006 the Florida Marlins hired Girardi to manage their ball club replacing their former manager, Jack McKeon. Girardi did a fabulous job leading that team to a record of 78-84 and contended for a wild card spot in the 2006 MLB postseason. He was able to accomplish this level of success with very little resources as the Florida Marlins had the lowest payroll in the majors at that time. He won the National League Manager of the Year Award in 2006 for his immediate impact and for turning around a struggling franchise. Despite these accomplishments Girardi got into fights with the owner of the Florida Marlins, Jeffrey Loria, and he was fired as their manager after only one season.

Girardi got his second chance to manage as the Yankees and Joe Torre went their separate ways following the 2007 MLB season. He managed the team from 2008 to 2017. He won the World Series with them as a manger in 2009. He did a fabulous job as the head coach of the historic NY team franchise, but in 2017 his contract expired and the team decided not to extend his contract as they brought in Aaron Boone to take his place. Boone is currently still their man in New York for now.

Girardi’s Managerial Statistics

Rk Year Age Tm Lg   W L W-L% T G Finish Wpost Lpost W-L%post Challenges Overturned Overturn% Ejections  
1 2006 41 Florida Marlins NL   78 84 0.481 0 162 4 0 0         2  
                                       
2 2008 43 New York Yankees AL   89 73 0.549 0 162 3 0 0         2  
3 2009 44 New York Yankees AL   103 59 0.636 0 162 1 11 4 0.733       4 WS Champs
4 2010 45 New York Yankees AL   95 67 0.586 0 162 2 5 4 0.556       3  
5 2011 46 New York Yankees AL   97 65 0.599 0 162 1 2 3 0.4       3  
6 2012 47 New York Yankees AL   95 67 0.586 0 162 1 3 6 0.333       4  
7 2013 48 New York Yankees AL   85 77 0.525 0 162 3 0 0         2  
8 2014 49 New York Yankees AL   84 78 0.519 0 162 2 0 0   30 24 80.00% 4  
9 2015 50 New York Yankees AL   87 75 0.537 0 162 2 0 1 0 30 22 73.30% 4  
10 2016 51 New York Yankees AL   84 78 0.519 0 162 4 0 0   28 18 64.30% 3  
11 2017 52 New York Yankees AL   91 71 0.562 0 162 2 7 6 0.538 40 30 75.00% 5  
      Florida Marlins   1 year 78 84 0.481 0 162 4 0 0         2  
      New York Yankees   10 years 910 710 0.562 0 1620 2.1 28 24 0.538 128 94 73.4%% 34 1 Pennant and 1 World Series Title
          11 years 988 794 0.554 0 1782 2.3 28 24 0.538 128 94 73.4%% 36 1 Pennant and 1 World Series Title

Managerial Tendencies

        Stealing 3rd       Sac Bunts       Intentional Walks       Substitutions                      
Stealing 2nd                                                      
Rk Year Age Tm Lg G Ch Att Rate Rate+ Ch Att Rate Rate+ Ch Att Rate Rate+ PA IBB Rate Rate+ PH/G PH/G+ PR/G PR/G+ P/G P/G+
1 2006 41 FLA NL 162 1365 120 8.80% 102 1022 16 1.60% 108 1328 34 2.60% 108 6294 58 0.90% 105 1.49 97 0.22 129 3.7 93
                                                       
2 2008 43 NYY AL 162 1381 139 10.10% 130 1001 16 1.60% 85 1431 33 2.30% 115 6175 37 0.60% 102 0.52 88 0.19 98 3.9 104
3 2009 44 NYY AL 162 1452 135 9.30% 105 1041 17 1.60% 92 1489 29 1.90% 87 6247 28 0.40% 97 0.59 107 0.26 124 3.8 101
4 2010 45 NYY AL 162 1396 122 8.70% 96 998 19 1.90% 89 1452 29 2.00% 89 6102 37 0.60% 117 0.7 117 0.2 95 3.7 99
5 2011 46 NYY AL 162 1403 157 11.20% 108 965 21 2.20% 102 1443 29 2.00% 83 6216 43 0.70% 128 0.51 110 0.2 107 3.9 105
6 2012 47 NYY AL 162 1317 101 7.70% 86 971 13 1.30% 73 1386 22 1.60% 81 6085 32 0.50% 103 0.75 129 0.19 99 4 102
7 2013 48 NYY AL 162 1341 102 7.60% 96 945 20 2.10% 120 1391 27 1.90% 104 6128 34 0.60% 113 0.65 99 0.11 59 3.6 94
8 2014 49 NYY AL 162 1335 100 7.50% 96 928 15 1.60% 84 1318 30 2.30% 117 6114 23 0.40% 75 0.57 86 0.15 70 3.9 99
9 2015 50 NYY AL 162 1318 83 6.30% 85 858 5 0.60% 33 1253 35 2.80% 124 6191 16 0.30% 60 0.75 109 0.22 108 4.1 101
10 2016 51 NYY AL 162 1304 84 6.40% 95 837 7 0.80% 62 1263 19 1.50% 111 6023 15 0.20% 69 0.68 118 0.19 94 4 99
11 2017 52 NYY AL 162 1314 89 6.80% 95 935 9 1.00% 66 1328 16 1.20% 104 6078 18 0.30% 72 0.69 120 0.12 63 3.9 94
  FLA (1 year)       162 1365 120 8.80% 102 1022 16 1.60% 108 1328 34 2.60% 108 6294 58 0.90% 105 1.49 97 0.22 129 3.7 93
  NYY (10 years)       1620 13561 1112 8.20% 100 9479 142 1.50% 83 13754 269 2.00% 100 61359 283 0.50% 96 0.64 108 0.18 92 3.9 100
  11 years       1782 14926 1232 8.30% 100 10501 158 1.50% 85 15082 303 2.00% 101 67653 341 0.50% 97 0.72 106 0.18 95 3.9 99

Career as a Major League Baseball Player

Girardi was a catcher with several MLB franchises over his long career including the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, the Yankees, and the Saint Louis Cardinals. He played in the big leagues from 1989 to 2003. Throughout his time playing professional baseball he was well respected for his leadership as well as his production on the field day in and day out. He helped guide the New York Yankees to three World Series Championships (1996, 1998, 1999) as a player and then another World Series championship later on as their manager in 2009. He was selected to the Major League Baseball All Star game in 2000.

Batting Statistics

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1989 24 CHC NL 59 172 157 15 39 10 0 1 14 2 1 11 26 0.248 0.304 0.331 0.635 76 52 4 2 1 1 5 2  
1990 25 CHC NL 133 447 419 36 113 24 2 1 38 8 3 17 50 0.27 0.3 0.344 0.644 72 144 13 3 4 4 11 *2  
1991 26 CHC NL 21 54 47 3 9 2 0 0 6 0 0 6 6 0.191 0.283 0.234 0.517 45 11 0 0 1 0 1 2  
1992 27 CHC NL 91 291 270 19 73 3 1 1 12 0 2 19 38 0.27 0.32 0.3 0.62 75 81 8 1 0 1 3 2  
1993 28 COL NL 86 350 310 35 90 14 5 3 31 6 6 24 41 0.29 0.346 0.397 0.743 87 123 6 3 12 1 0 2  
1994 29 COL NL 93 361 330 47 91 9 4 4 34 3 3 21 48 0.276 0.321 0.364 0.685 68 120 13 2 6 2 1 *2  
1995 30 COL NL 125 506 462 63 121 17 2 8 55 3 3 29 76 0.262 0.308 0.359 0.667 59 166 15 2 12 1 0 *2  
1996 31 NYY AL 124 471 422 55 124 22 3 2 45 13 4 30 55 0.294 0.346 0.374 0.72 82 158 11 5 11 3 1 *2/D  
1997 32 NYY AL 112 433 398 38 105 23 1 1 50 2 3 26 53 0.264 0.311 0.334 0.645 69 133 15 2 5 2 1 *2/D  
1998 33 NYY AL 78 279 254 31 70 11 4 3 31 2 4 14 38 0.276 0.317 0.386 0.703 85 98 10 2 8 1 1 2  
1999 34 NYY AL 65 229 209 23 50 16 1 2 27 3 1 10 26 0.239 0.271 0.354 0.626 60 74 16 0 8 2 0 2  
2000 35 CHC NL 106 407 363 47 101 15 1 6 40 1 0 32 61 0.278 0.339 0.375 0.714 83 136 12 3 6 3 3 2 AS
2001 36 CHC NL 78 253 229 22 58 10 1 3 25 0 1 21 50 0.253 0.315 0.345 0.66 75 79 2 0 2 1 4 2  
2002 37 CHC NL 90 256 234 19 53 10 1 1 13 1 0 16 35 0.226 0.275 0.291 0.565 51 68 10 0 5 1 3 2  
2003 38 STL NL 16 26 23 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0.13 0.231 0.13 0.361 -1 3 2 0 0 0 0 2  
15 Yrs       1277 4535 4127 454 1100 186 26 36 422 44 31 279 607 0.267 0.315 0.35 0.666 72 1446 137 25 81 23 34    
162 Game Avg.       162 575 524 58 140 24 3 5 54 6 4 35 77 0.267 0.315 0.35 0.666 72 183 17 3 10 3 4    
CHC (7 yrs)       578 1880 1719 161 446 74 6 13 148 12 7 122 266 0.259 0.31 0.332 0.642 72 571 49 9 19 11 30    
NYY (4 yrs)       379 1412 1283 147 349 72 9 8 153 20 12 80 172 0.272 0.317 0.361 0.678 75 463 52 9 32 8 3    
COL (3 yrs)       304 1217 1102 145 302 40 11 15 120 12 12 74 165 0.274 0.323 0.371 0.694 69 409 34 7 30 4 1    
STL (1 yr)       16 26 23 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0.13 0.231 0.13 0.361 -1 3 2 0 0 0 0    
NL (11 yrs)       898 3123 2844 307 751 114 17 28 269 24 19 199 435 0.264 0.314 0.346 0.66 70 983 85 16 49 15 31    
AL (4 yrs)       379 1412 1283 147 349 72 9 8 153 20 12 80 172 0.272 0.317 0.361 0.678 75 463 52 9 32 8 3    

Fielding Statistics

Year Age Tm Pos Lg G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1989 24 CHC C NL 59 51 36 443.1 367 332 28 7 1 0.981 2   5   7.31 6.1 0.986 6.67 6.68 5 9 36 22 38% 32% 0  
1990 25 CHC C NL 133 120 101 1071.1 725 653 61 11 5 0.985 5   6   6 5.37 0.987 6.65 6.61 16 43 80 47 37% 29% 2  
1991 26 CHC C NL 21 14 8 134 109 95 11 3 1 0.972 -1   -9   7.12 5.05 0.988 6.78 6.75 1 6 14 6 30% 33% 0  
1992 27 CHC C NL 86 70 64 651.1 424 369 51 4 6 0.991 -1   -2   5.8 4.88 0.991 6.67 6.67 8 37 46 32 41% 32% 0  
1993 28 COL C NL 84 80 73 707.2 530 478 46 6 7 0.989 -3   -5   6.66 6.24 0.989 6.74 6.69 2 42 64 29 31% 31% 0  
1994 29 COL C NL 93 85 83 757 610 549 56 5 8 0.992 1   2   7.19 6.51 0.991 7.1 7.05 3 40 61 32 34% 32% 0  
1995 30 COL C NL 122 119 107 1044.1 801 730 61 10 7 0.988 -1   -1   6.82 6.48 0.989 7.4 7.37 5 50 88 33 27% 30% 0  
1996 31 NYY C AL 120 110 102 973.2 852 803 46 3 8 0.996 -6   -7   7.85 7.08 0.99 6.91 6.87 10 43 90 30 25% 30% 0  
1996 31 NYY DH AL 2 0                                                  
1997 32 NYY C AL 111 109 101 979.1 889 830 54 5 11 0.994 0   0   8.12 7.96 0.991 7.15 7.09 11 39 71 37 34% 33% 0  
1997 32 NYY DH AL 1 0                                                  
1998 33 NYY C AL 78 76 62 655.2 582 541 38 3 5 0.995 0   0   7.95 7.42 0.99 7.13 7.05 5 16 54 19 26% 31% 0  
1999 34 NYY C AL 65 64 52 551 494 452 34 8 5 0.984 -2   -4   7.94 7.48 0.991 6.98 6.87 1 13 56 19 25% 33% 0  
2000 35 CHC C NL 103 97 88 873 754 706 43 5 5 0.993 6   8   7.72 7.27 0.99 7.45 7.38 3 32 63 38 38% 32% 1 AS
2001 36 CHC C NL 71 61 56 552 537 504 33 0 2 1 5   11   8.76 7.56 0.992 7.74 7.65 6 16 27 20 43% 33% 0  
2002 37 CHC C NL 88 67 53 615.2 603 554 43 6 6 0.99 0   0   8.73 6.78 0.991 7.53 7.47 6 17 45 20 31% 32% 0  
2003 38 STL C NL 13 5 3 52 24 23 0 1 0 0.958 -1 -1 -23 -30 3.98 1.77 0.992 7.34 7.26 0 1 3 0 0% 31% 0  
15 Seasons     C   1247 1128 989 10061.1 8301 7619 605 77 77 0.991 4 -1 0 -23 7.36 6.6 0.99 7.08 7.03 82 404 798 384 32% 31% 3  
2 Seasons     DH   3 0                                                  
15 Seasons     TOT   1247 1128 989 10061.1 8301 7619 605 77 77 0.991 4 -1 0 -23 7.36 6.6 0.99 7.08 7.03 82 404 798 384 32% 31% 3  
      Pos Lg G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards

The Future of the Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have a very bright future in the landscape of Major League Baseball. Girardi is a great manager who wins challenges, makes smart decisions, and gets his players to work hard and perform to their potential. They have a solid roster of players that include the superstar outfielder, Bryce Harper. If the Phillies can stay healthy, they should be contending for a pennant every year in the near future.

Sources:

“Joe Girardi”, baseball-reference.com, October 24, 2019.

“Joe Girardi”, baseball-reference.com, October 24, 2019.


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