Who is Joe Girardi? Get to know the Phillies' new skipper
The dream begins
Let's take a look back at Joe Girardi's journey from player to coach to manager to broadcaster and now back to managing with the Phillies.
Girardi was drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Cubs in 1986, a draft headlined by Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown and Matt Williams.
Girardi spent his first four big-league seasons with the Cubs before being left unprotected in the 1993 expansion draft and selected by the Rockies.
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Girardi was traded from the Rockies to the Yankees in November 1995 for journeyman reliever Mike DeJean. Girardi went on to play four seasons for the Yankees, winning three World Series rings (1996, 1998 and 1999).
Girardi's first year in the Bronx was the best of his career. He hit .294 in 471 plate appearances.
He caught Doc Gooden's no-hitter and was on the field for the final out of the '96 World Series.
First big-league gig
Two years after his playing career ended, Girardi joined the Yankees' staff as their bench coach under Joe Torre, his former skipper.
Down to Miami
Ahead of the 2006 season, Girardi got his first managerial job with the Florida Marlins. The Fish went 78-84 in his only season there before a clash with owner Jeffrey Loria led to Girardi's ouster, despite his winning NL Manager of the Year.
After the season, Girardi returned to the broadcast booth, where he was prior to joining the Yankees' staff.
Back to the Bronx
Girardi returned to the Yankees, this time as their manager, before the 2008 season. In Year 1 under Girardi, the Yankees went 89-73 but finished third in the AL East and missed the playoffs.
A year we all remember
After spending a combined $423.5 million to sign Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, the Yankees went 103-59 to win the AL pennant in Girardi's second season.
Girardi's Yankees dropped Game 1 of the World Series to a dominant Cliff Lee and the Phillies before winning the series in six games.
Four more years
In October 2013, Girardi re-upped with the Yankees for $16 million over four years. It would be his last contract with the organization.
End of an era
After 10 years managing the Yankees, Girardi's contract expired and he was not renewed following the 2017 season, a season in which the Yankees came just one game away from reaching the World Series.
Girardi's Yankees tenure ended with 200 more wins than losses (910-710), a World Series ring, six postseason appearances and 52 playoff games.
Girardi emerged after the 2018 season as the Cincinnati Reds' top choice for manager but pulled himself out of the running. It proved to be a wise decision as Girardi spent the next offseason coveted by multiple teams with managerial vacancies.
Phillies land their man
The Phillies will hire Girardi to replace Gabe Kapler as manager. Girardi will be reunited with longtime bench coach Rob Thomson and is tasked with pushing the Phillies past consecutive September collapses and eight consecutive non-winning seasons.
Girardi was the overwhelming fan choice and will have a grace period. It's hard to imagine him getting off to a start nearly as rocky as his predecessor.