The New York Mets will not be hiring Joe Girardi to be the 22nd manager in franchise history. The Philadelphia Phillies have named Girardi manager, according to Jim Salisbury, with an official announcement coming later today.
Reports from earlier this week indicated that the Phillies were determined to make a decision by the end of the week, citing the World Series off-day as a possible date for the announcement. His interviews with Philadelphia reportedly went great, and he was labeled as a favorite for the job. The Phillies became the second team to fill their managerial vacancy, one day after the Chicago Cubs hired David Ross. Following Philadelphia’s decision, the San Diego Padres announced that they had hired Jayce Tingler to manage their club.
Girardi was the most experienced managerial candidate on the short list for the Mets, compiling 78-84 record in one year at the helm for the Marlins and a 910-710 record in ten seasons with the New York Yankees. He won a World Series and made the playoffs six times in total with New York. Girardi had his second-round interview with the Mets on Tuesday.
With Girardi off the board, the focus shifts to the five remaining candidates. Eduardo Perez had his second interview on Wednesday and Tim Bogar’s interview is today, with Carlos Beltran rumored to be coming in for his second interview tomorrow. Luis Rojas and Derek Shelton are also expected to interview again with the club.
Mike Puma also revealed that two or three finalists could come in for another interview following this round. It is worth noting that Andy Martino spoke of a person close to the team mentioning a “bombshell candidate” who could be in play if a favorite does not emerge from this group, though he did not elaborate any further.