Phillies History: 9 of 55 Managers That Won World Series
9. Joe Girardi, 2009
- Years as Phillies Manager: 2020-Present
- Years as Manager: 2006, 2008-17, 2020-Present
- Year(s) Winning the World Series (Team): 2009 (New York Yankees)
Joe Girardi is the 55th manager in Phillies history, and the third on this list that will have managed the Phillies after winning a World Series.
Also, the newest Phillies skipper is just the second in baseball history that will have managed a team in which he defeated in the World Series. Girardi will join Johnny Keane, who managed the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals before joining the Yankees the year after beating them in the World Series. Coincidentally, Girardi topped the Phillies, led by No. 8 manager on this list Charlie Manuel, while with the Yankees in the 2009 Fall Classic.
Girardi had a 15-season playing career from 1989 to 2003, all the while laying catcher and a few games as the designated hitter. As ESPN Stats & Info notes, that while managing the New York Yankees 10 seasons from 2008 to 2017, he never finished a season below .500.
The last time the Phillies finished .500 or better was under Manuel in 2011.
After back-to-back disappointing finishes under Gabe Kapler, Phillies fans have “high hopes” once again for 2020, their first under Girardi and second with All-Star caliber players such as Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, Aaron Nola, and others.
The nine managers on this last have made unique impacts and contributions to their respective organizations and Major League Baseball as a whole.
Girardi’s legacy is already filled with success, but, if he somehow wins at the helm of the Phillies as well, it will only be that much better.