September 23, 2021

The Phillies and Joe Girardi, a managerial marriage rooted in a quest for structure and simplification (The Athletic)

The forecast for Monday is good, a high of around 70 degrees in South Philadelphia, so the Phillies will throw an outdoor party. Matt Klentak and Joe Girardi will sit together in the fresh beer garden attached to Citizens Bank Park and they will answer questions about structure and discipline. This might go unsaid: The two men needed each other.

Teams are now less inclined to seek experience when hiring a manager. There were eight openings this offseason and just two might be filled by someone who has managed a major-league game. Girardi was also interested in the Mets’ and Cubs’ jobs. But the Cubs hired someone who has never managed a game, period, and the Mets, other than Girardi, have targeted inexperienced candidates.

He wanted to manage again. He needed the Phillies.

Klentak needed a compromise. He believed in Gabe Kapler and he believed in the idea that an inexperienced, forward-thinking manager can learn on the job because it has happened…

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