Girardi brings an impressive resume to Philadelphia. He managed the New York Yankees for 10 years, succeeding Joe Torre after the 2007 season. He led New York to its 27th World Series title, beating the Phillies in six games in 2009. Girardi’s record with the Yankees was 910-710, the sixth-most wins in team history.
“It means a lot to me that the fans are behind me,” Girardi said. “I’m well aware of the passion for the great game of baseball here. I’ve lived it as a player and as a manager. I know the importance of winning here. I had a chance to compete against a great team with Charlie Manuel here in 2009, and it was a great place to come watch a game. The passionate fans of the Phillies were great — they were not easy to play against — and I want it to be that way for many years to come.”
“Having had 10 years in a big market in New York like Joe did with a World Series and six playoff appearances, his resume really speaks for itself,” general manager Matt Klentak said. “But beyond that I can tell you that when we talk to people about Joe, people that he’s known in his career, people that he’s worked with, the players that have played for him, to a man or a person, every one of them would begin that conversation talking about what a good person Joe is and then at the end of that conversation they would conclude with: ‘Don’t forget that he’s an incredible person.’ I think when you’re making a hire like this it’s a pretty good move to bet on a quality individual and I really think we’re getting one of the best.”
The Phillies haven’t had a winning season since 2011 when they finished a run of five straight NL East titles
“I’m selfish. I want to win,” Girardi said. “We need to do whatever it takes to win.”