Phillies fire manager Girardi after 2-plus seasons

by Daryn Albert - The Phillies have fired manager Joe Girardi, the team announced. The move was made with Philadelphia at 22-29, having lost seven of their past nine games.

Phillies fire manager Girardi after 2-plus seasons

Philadelphia Phillies fire manager Joe Girardi 10:23 AM ET ESPN The Philadelphia Phillies have fired manager Joe Girardi, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced Friday. The move was made with the Phillies at 22-29, having lost seven of their past nine games. "It has been a frustrating season for us up until this point, as we feel that our club has not played up to its capabilities," Dombrowski said in a statement. "While all of us share the responsibility for the shortcomings, I felt that a change was needed and that a new voice in the clubhouse would give us the best chance to turn things around." Girardi had served as Phillies manager for the past three seasons, going 132-141 as Philadelphia continues to seek its first playoff appearance since 2011. Also dismissed Friday was coaching assistant Bobby Meacham, who had joined the team in 2020 along with Girardi. Bench coach Rob Thomson will serve as the team's interim manager for the rest of the season, while quality assurance coach Mike Calitri was promoted to bench coach. "I believe we have a talented group that can get back on track, and I am confident that Rob, with his experience and familiarity with our club, is the right man to lead us going forward," Dombrowski said. Thomson has been with the Phillies since the 2018 season. He previously spent 10 years with Girardi on the Yankees staff from 2008 to 2017, including New York's 2009 World Series win. "I am extremely excited for this opportunity and I appreciate the confidence Dave has shown in me," Thomson said in a statement. "Having said that, this is an emotional day for me, having worked so closely with Joe for so many years. This has been my home now for the last five years and I care deeply about this franchise, this city, our players, our coaches, our staff and our fans. I am ready to lead this team and look forward to getting to work and turning this around."