Fired by the Phillies on Friday morning, Joe Girardi called in anyway for his weekly spot on MLB Network Radio and discussed the change the Phils have made to the manager.
Girardi, 132-141 in three seasons, is out and bench coach Rob Thomson will be caretaker manager for the remainder of 2022.
“There are a number of reasons why we didn’t win,” Girardi said of the Phillies 22-29, who trail the Mets by 12 games in Eastern Newfoundland and trail eight teams. in the wild card race.
“We gave away too many extra strikeouts that probably cost us four or five games, maybe even more. I think sometimes our bullpen struggled. The guys started slow offensively and it happens. I think you can get over one thing, maybe two, but sometimes when it’s more than that it’s a bit difficult.
With a contract set to expire after the season, there was always a chance that Girardi could be fired in 2022 if the Phillies were disappointed. They’ve more than disappointed in 51 games, losing a host of winnable games to poor defense, shaky bullpen work, a cold roster, or more than one factor.
Girardi came to Philadelphia with a reputation as a good bullpen manager, but the Phillies had the worst bullpen in baseball in 2020, were bottom of the league in 2021 and barely improved at the start of this season. . Part of it was because of roster building, part of it was because of decision making.
“I can look back on that last week where we were 3-7,” Girardi said, “I think realistically we should have been 7-3. Well, that’s going to hit me because we don’t. weren’t and I understand that.”
“I just pray they get better and make the playoffs.”
The Phillies have gone through four different managers – Ryne Sandberg, Pete Mackanin, Gabe Kapler and Girardi – since Charlie Manuel was fired at the end of the 2013 season. None have lasted more than two seasons.
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