Westcott: Girardi already among Phillies’ most notable skippers

From SABR member Rich Westcott at the Delaware County Times on November 3, 2019:

With his hiring as the new Phillies manager, Joe Girardi has already earned a special place in the annals of the team’s long history. In so doing, he has joined some of the Phils most notable skippers even before putting on a uniform.

For example, only one manager hired by the Phillies during their 137-year history came to the team with more experience as a major league pilot than Girardi, who has 11 years as the head man in the dugout.

Bucky Harris led teams for 19 years before joining the Phils in 1943. Hard as it is to believe, Harris was dismissed at mid-season by Phillies owner William Cox as the result of constant battles between the two (One of the outcomes of these battles was Cox’s getting banned for life from baseball.)

Read the full article here: https://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/guest-column-girardi-already-among-phils-most-notable-skippers/article_c7edeef2-fe97-11e9-9448-27c84416e000.html

Originally published: November 11, 2019. Last Updated: November 11, 2019.