The Phillies have such a young roster, it would only make sense to hire a younger manager to connect to players. Here are five candidates that fit that bill.
The Phillies made a (somewhat) surprising move Friday afternoon by announcing that Pete Mackanin will not return in 2018 as the manager. General manager Matt Klentak told the press that he and the team want to move forward with a new manager that will lead them to the future.
Klentak made it a point to note how young the roster has gotten in the last two years: [quote via Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly]
"“As you all know, we have turned over this roster considerably over the last two years and especially in the last few months. We see our roster right now is littered with young players who look to have a very, very bright future. It’s time to look forward.”"
With the roster being so young, it only makes sense to hire someone that is closer to the age of the players on the team as opposed to an old-school baseball lifer. With that in mind, here are five younger manager candidates the Phillies could hire.