Philadelphia Phillies fire manager Joe Girardi after 22-29 start

Joe Girardi leads the Philadelphia Phillies with the reigning National League MVP, five All-Stars 2021, a salary that exceeds the luxury tax and is expected to end the longest drought in the NL playoffs.

But deeply buried in the NL East standings and with a failed bull, defensive shortcomings and the falling asleep starts of some expensive team veterans, Girardi paid the price for a bad start in Philadelphia.

He was fired on Friday and became the first major league manager to lose his job this season after failing to build a team with a record salary on the playoff rivals.

The Phillies made the move at 22-29 after losing seven of their last nine games and finishing third in the National League East, 12 games for the New York Mets and 5 games in second place with a wild card in the NL. .

Bench coach Rob Thomson was selected as temporary manager and won his 10-0 debut against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I think we can get to the playoffs. I think we are in a position to fight for it.

I believe that, "said Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations.

Few Philly sports fans are steadfast in that belief.


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