Phillies agree to hire Joe Girardi as manager

Phillies agree to hire Joe Girardi as manager

Fox News Flash top headlines for October 24 are here.

According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Joe Girardi will be hired by the Philadelphia Phillies to become the 55th manager in franchise history. Since then, Girardi has appeared frequently as a television analyst, in addition to performing as the manager of the US national team.

Girardi managed the Bronx Bombers from 2008-17 after a lone campaign overseeing the Florida Marlins in 2006. He spent the last three years in Chicago's front office and was widely viewed as a potential replacement for Maddon, who compiled a 471-339-1 record in five seasons.

Girardi's hiring comes in the wake of the Oct 10 firing ofGabe Kapler from the club's managerial seat, and his installment should provide a pretty fair litmus test as to the viability of Philadelphia's roster.

He joined the Yankees for the 2008 season.

A 55-year-old from Illinois, Girardi's best accomplishment as a manager was winning the 2009 World Series over the Phillies as the skipper of the New York Yankees.

The 55-year-old last worked in an Major League Baseball dugout with the Yankees in 2017, posting a 91-71 record. Veteran managers Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker were both said to be among that final mix of candidates, but it appears that Girardi's World Series pedigree won over Middleton in the end.

Girardi will take over for the Phillies in a crucial 2020 season.

Since then, Girardi has spent his time as an analyst with the MLB Network. The lure of managing stars like Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto in a passionate baseball town can not be denied.

Phillies finished 81-81 and in fourth place in the National League East during the 2019 season.

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