Phillies: 14 candidates to replace manager Gabe Kapler
Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi appears to be the favorite candidate among Phillies fans despite him being the man who took down the Phillies in 2009.
If the Phillies were to hire Girardi, it would be just the second time in baseball history that a team who lost the World Series would hire the manager of the winning team in that series. The only other example is Johnny Keane, who managed the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals before joining the Yankees the year after beating them in the World Series.
Since being fired by the Yankees in 2017, Girardi has been in the booth and in studios as an analyst. He wants to get back in the dugout, and the Phillies are one of the more enticing jobs out there this year.
Girardi could potentially reunite with Thompson in the Phillies dugout and he wouldn’t be far from New York. It feels like a win-win for both sides if the Phillies can convince Girardi to take the job.
The former Red Sox manager was a finalist the last time Philadelphia had a manager opening.
Farrell was fired by Boston following their playoff exit in 2017 despite winning the World Series in 2013 and finishing atop the American League East. He was previously with the Toronto Blue Jays for two seasons before they allowed him to leave for Boston.
In his five seasons with Boston Farrell won over 400 games and has finished at .500 or better in four of his seven years managing a major league team.
There was clearly something Klentak and team president Andy MacPhail liked in Farrell if they nearly hired him two years ago. Farrell does bring a lot of the qualities Philadelphia is supposedly looking for, namely the managerial experience and the championship pedigree.
Farrell hasn’t managed in a couple of years, but keep an eye on him this time around.