Phillies: Who are the hot manager candidates this offseason?
Who are the hot candidates for the Phillies manager job?
Joe Maddon is the hot name in baseball right now, but it seems as though Maddon is heading to Los Angeles to manage for the Angels.
Because of this, it seems like former Yankee Manager Joe Girardi is the front-runner in terms of possible candidates. Girardi is known for winning the 2009 World Series with the Yanks (against the Phillies), but don’t let that deter you. Girardi knows how to run a clubhouse, he won’t shy from the big Philadelphia market, and he remains sharp in terms of understanding the modern game.
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Girardi will be at the top of the list for most teams in the hunt for a manager, but given the Phillies ability to win now as well as their deep pockets, he might be wearing red and white pinstripes next year.
Other possibilities that make legitimate sense include Buck Showalter and John Farrell. Given the Phillies front office ties to Baltimore, hiring an experienced manager like Buck that will whip a clubhouse into shape seems logical.
However, will Showalter remain old school or will he have a balanced outlook on roster construction, shifting, bullpen usage, etc.? It will remain unseen until the hiring is complete.
As for Farrell, he managed a world series winner in the Boston Red Sox, but was fired in favor of the younger Alex Cora.
It seems that as of right now, the Phils are trending in the direction of going with experience over youth, a big swing from having a manager like Kapler. There will be more names released soon, but for now, the Phils are going with stability. And with a roster that only needs a few more additions, stability might be just what they need.