Phillies have had to fire Joe Girardi as manager, but their worries remain

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Phillies have had to fire Joe Girardi as manager, but their worries remain

That Phillies were always a false contender. By the payroll alone, they’ve tricked some people into thinking differently. Only the meads, dodgers and Yanks spent more than Philadelphia’s $233 million. But it would be tough for the Phillies to pull off 90 wins with poor defense and a questionable bullpen. Joe Girardi paid the price for these shortcomings. But he also added to them.

The Phillies fired Girardi as manager on Friday after a 273-game tenure that can only be described as a failure. Girardi was 132-141 with Philadelphia while presiding over the worst bullpen in baseball (5.00 ERA) other than that rockies (5.38 ERA). Girardi’s helpers somehow gave up the fourth most homers and suffered the fifth most losses in three seasons despite throwing the fourth fewest innings.

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