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Philadelphia Phillies has sacked Joe Girardi, named Rob Thomson as caretaker manager

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – The Philadelphia Phillies have sacked manager Joe Girardi and appointed bench coach Rob Thomson to replace him.

Phillies also reassures assistant coach Bobby Meacham of his duties.

The group announced Friday morning, just hours before the Phillies met Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels at Citizens Bank Park.

Matchup was a big game for the Phillies who beat Angels 10-0, with homers from Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Nick Maton, and Bryson Stott.

Girardi spoke of his departure during a weekly appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

“I think there were a number of reasons we didn’t win. I think we gave a lot of extras that probably cost us four or five games, maybe even more. I think sometimes our bullpen was tough. We had guys who I think have better things than they did,” Girardi said. .

“And I think some guys started out slow. And that happens, right? I think you can sometimes win one thing, maybe two, but sometimes more than that I think it’s hard. I can look back. It was hard last week. when we were 3-7 and I think the real thing should have been 7-3. Well, that comes down to me because we were not. well and they got to the playoffs. “

Girardi said Phillies Baseball President David Dombrowski told him this morning that the club would “change.”

The Phillies here have a history of 23-29 and are third in the National League East, 11.5 games behind the New York Mets.

Girardi said he believed the Phillies could change it, and he spoke positively about team ownership.

“The Middleton and Buck family has been fantastic. They were fun to me. I really love them. They are great owners. (The Franchise) deserves better,” Girardi said.

Dombrowski made the following statement:

“It has been a frustrating time for us so far, because we feel that our team has not achieved what it could. Although we all share in the mistakes, I have seen the need for change and new change. it can get back on track, and I’m confident that Rob, with his experience and experience with our team, is the right person. Lead us forward. “

Thomson becomes the 56th manager in franchise history. He has been the team’s coach since co-ordinating spring courses for the past five years after being hired on Dec. 5, 2017.

Referring to Thomson, Girardi said, “I can honestly say that he was the best teacher I’ve ever been.”

“I think he deserved the opportunity a long time ago,” Girardi said.

This year is Thomson’s 38th season in baseball.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity and appreciate the confidence Dave has shown in me,” Thomson said in a statement. “Having said that, this is a day for me, I have been working with Joe for many years. Here has been my home for the past five years and I am very concerned about this permit, this city, our players, our coaches, our staff and our fans. “I am ready to lead the team and I look forward to working with you to change this.”

Girardi supervised the Phillies for two years plus 132-141. In his 14 years as general manager of the league are Florida Marlins (2006), New York Yankees (2008-17) and Phillies (2020-22), Girardi and 1120-935.

He told SiriusXM that he hopes to take her to his daughter’s basketball game and throw her son.

Quality Assurance coach Mike Calitri, who has been with the organization since 2018, has been promoted to bench coach.

Dombrowski still has high hopes for the team this season.

“Oh, I think we can make a playoffs. I think we’re in a position where we can win to do this. I hope,” he said at a press conference this afternoon.

Thomson added, “I’ve been studying fitness clubs for a long time and I believe there are pieces here to make it the best club.”

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