Phillies: 10 Things to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
2: Joe Girardi
It remains to be seen the actual impact of what hiring 2009 World Series-winning manager Joe Girardi will have on the 2020 Phillies. Yet, most would already agree it’s refreshing to have a new, yet already proven voice.
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On top of his 15 years of playing experience, Girardi has spent 11 seasons as manager, 10 of which with the New York Yankees. In total, Girardi has a .554 career managerial winning percentage, and, with the Yankees alone, a .562 winning percentage.
In half of Girardi’s 10 seasons spent as Yankees skipper, he led the team to more than 90 wins, including the team’s 2009 World Series-winning season, defeating the Charlie Manuel-led, and reigning-champion Phillies.
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The domino effect of hiring Girardi has already begun, as the Phillies were able to bring in Bryan Price as pitching coach and Joe Dillon as hitting coach to his staff. Also, the Phillies hired long-time Yankees national crosschecker Brian Barber as their new director of amateur scouting.
With 988 all-time managerial wins, Girardi will surely eclipse the 1,000 mark in 2020. His many years of experience as both a player and manager will only help the Phillies in 2020 and beyond.