Joe Girardi’s seat went from hot to smoky.
The Philadelphia Phillies announced Friday that they have fired their mid-22-29 manager at the start of the 2022 season.
Girardi, making it Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio Weekly Appearance On Friday morning, he seemed to understand where everything is when it’s wrong for him and his team.
“Our performance was below par and that falls to me,” he said. “That’s what happens.”
In his mind, it wasn’t just one thing that brought about the end of Velez’s tenure.
“I think there are a number of reasons why we didn’t win,” he said. “We put in a lot of extra games that probably cost us 4-5 games maybe? Maybe more. I think at times our office struggled. We had some players who I think had things that were way better than the potential they used, which led to some matches “And I think some guys got off on some slow runs, in an offensive way. And that happens, right? But, you know, I think you can beat sometimes, on one thing, maybe even two, but sometimes when it’s more than That, I think, is somewhat difficult.”
Gerardi’s time at Philly is coming to an end with a record 132-141 over two seasons and more. The former Yankees manager spent 10 seasons in the Bronx, and led the team to the world title in 2009 before being fired in 2017.
It came to the Philly team that had already begun to ramp up big money contracts. NL MVP winner Bryce Harper scored a 13-year deal worth $330 million before Gerardi took off in 2020. Shortly after came catcher JT Realmuto for five years and $115.5 million, and bowler Zach Wheeler for $118 million over five years, and big bats at Nick Castellanos (five years, $100 million) and Kyle Schwarber (four years, $79 million). Finally, the front office handed out $742.5 million spent over 32 “contract years.”
The $224 million payroll has yet to turn into a success on the ground, and a lack of results Girardi’s cross became to carry.
“I can look back on this last week when we were, I don’t know, 3-7, and I think realistically we should have been 7-3,” he said as the 1120-935 record holder over the course of 14 seasons managing the MLB club. “Well, that will fall on me, because we weren’t. I understand that. I just pray that they improve and make it to the playoffs.”
It’s a sentiment shared by the front office, who’s already running out of time to patch the ship.
“It’s been a frustrating season for us to this point, as we feel our club has not lived up to its capabilities,” said Dave Dombrowski, Phillies chief of baseball operations in a statement. “While we all share responsibility for our shortcomings, I felt that change was needed and that a new voice at the club would give us the best chance to turn things around.”
This new voice will come in the form of Rob Thomson, an old Girardi group dating back 10 seasons with the Yankees.
“I am very excited about this opportunity and I really appreciate the confidence Dave has shown me,” he said. Having said that, it is an emotional day for me, having worked closely with Joe for many years. This has been my home for the past five years and I care deeply about this franchise, this city, our players, our coaches, our staff and our fans, and I am ready To lead this team and I look forward to working and transforming. This is about it.”
Thompson, who spent 10 of his 28 seasons with the Yankees as head coach and third head coach for the big club, became the 56th coach in franchise history. He will make his first team management game on Friday against the struggling Angels.
“I believe we have a talented group that can get back on the right track and I am confident that Rob, with his experience and knowledge of our club, is the right man to lead us going forward,” Dombrowski said.
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