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LA Angels hire PA native Joe Maddon as team manager. Who remain candidates for the Phillies?

Less than forty-eight hours ago, there were a total of eight MLB teams with managerial vacancy’s. The Philadelphia Phillies among those eight, have begun interviewing candidates. On that list was ex-Cub and Rays manager, Joe Maddon, who signed a 3-year deal with the LA Angels Wednesday morning. It has been reported that the Phillies interviewed both Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter this past Monday and Dusty Baker on Wednesday.

Joe Girardi Managerial Resume:

Aside from shattering the 2009 Phillies dreams of winning back-to-back World Series Championships for what would have been the first time in franchise history, Joe Girardi knows what it takes to win in today’s new look MLB. His balanced approach of analytics and tradition saw him post a career regular season record of 988-794 (.554W-L%) and a 28-24 post-season record in 11 seasons as a manager, including that 2009 World Series Championship with the Yankees. It is clear that the majority of the Phillies fan-base would love Girardi to take the helm as the teams manager. Many have strongly voiced their opinions in favor of Joe via social media and local sports talk stations.

Buck Showalter Managerial Resume:

Not the most popular candidate among the Phillie Faithful, Buck Showalter remains high on the list of Phillies candidates mainly because of his relationship with current team President Andy MacPhail and GM Matt Klentak. He was hired to manage the Baltimore Orioles in 2010 by then team president Andy MacPhail. Matt Klentak was serving as the teams director of baseball operations at the time also.

Buck posted a record of 669-684 in his nine seasons with the Orioles and is 1551-1517 over his twenty years of managing in the big leagues. In 2012, he led the team to its first play-off appearance since 1997. They defeated the Texas Rangers in a one-game Wild Card match, but were later defeated by the New York Yankees in the ALDS (American League Division Series) 3 games to 2.

Dusty Baker Managerial Resume:

After agreeing to step-down as Washington Nationals manager in 2017, Dusty Baker has served as the special adviser to the CEO of the San Francisco Giants, where he began his managerial career 26 years ago. In his 22 years managing, he posted a regular season record of 1863-1636 and a post-season record of 23-32. It appears his relationship managing Bryce Harper in their days with the Nationals played a role in the Phillies interest to interview Dusty.

Now that all three candidates have been interviewed, it should be interesting to see who the Phillies decide to name their new skipper. Stay tuned as the decision could be made within the coming days/weeks.

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