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Breaking Angles: Joe Girardi is Back, Will Manage Phillies

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Breaking Angles: Joe Girardi is Back, Will Manage Phillies


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The last time the New York Yankees lost the ALCS to the Houston Astros, Joe Girardi lost his job. This time, he’s getting a new one.

The Philadelphia Phillies will officially offer their manager job to the former Yankee Skipper, according to multiple twitter reports.

The hiring comes as no surprise. Girardi has been attached to multiple teams since the season ended. The two teams who seemed the most likely to attract Girardi services were the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.

The Mets, who will get roasted all day on #MetsTwitter, took their time with their managerial search seemingly adding candidates daily, looking under every rock for a potential manager. While the Phillies were beginning their second round, the Mets were mid-way through their first. Timing is not the Mets strong suit.

The Phillies were really only attached to two names during their search. The aforementioned Joe Girardi, and another former Yankee manager in Buck Showalter seemed to be great fits for Bryce Harper‘s Phillies.

While Buck carries much more experience than Girardi. However, it’s the ability to finish the season with a W, that eludes Buck. Also, Buck is reticent to adapt analytics to his style of management. That’s troublesome as we head into 2020. Ellen Adair spells it out:

“[Showalter] is reputed not to be “keen” on analytics, which makes him a second choice for me. After many public instances of trolling analytics, his reversal at the very end of his managerial tenure with the Orioles to praise them smacks of someone who realizes that the tide has turned against them. And for this, I don’t have as much enthusiasm for Showalter as I do for Girardi.” – The Brilliant Ellen Adair

As for Girardi, Ellen was much more excited about the possibilities.

“[Girardi] brings with him not just experience, but a successful .554 managerial record, three division titles, Manager of the Year honors (with the Marlins), and, of course, a World Series title, even if it came at the expense of the Phillies in 2009. The Yankees dismissed him after a 91-win season in which their team fell to the Astros in game 7 of the ALCS. We would take that, in Philadelphia, over our last two seasons. Also, handling the New York media for ten years more than qualifies him to deal with the demanding Philadelphia market, and whatever construction workers might yell at him.” – Ellen “The Actual Best” Adair

With Girardi’s introduction today, the Phillies might have picked up the two best offseason acquisitions of the last two years. Now the question is, can they win a Division title, an NL Pennant and a World Series?

Luckily for them, their new manager has exactly that kind of experience.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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