Win now. That’s been the Phillies’ mantra. And despite the team’s performance suggesting otherwise, it’s tough to see Philadelphia dismantling the 2022 team, meaning whoever is hired this winter as the team’s next manager will be expected to produce immediate results. Click here to learn more about MLB and who the Phillies might bring in.
After firing Joe Girardi on Friday, the Phillies named bench coach Rob Thomson interim manager for the rest of the season. A full-on managerial search is expected to be done this winter. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is tough to read and it will be months before this process even begins. But it’s never too soon for speculation.
Here’s a way-too-early look at potential candidates who could emerge, in no particular order …
The case for a proven managerial candidate, especially for a team that wants to win now, is easy. Clubs don’t have to patiently wait out a learning curve, there is built-in cachet and name recognition (this can be important to ownership groups who want to win now), and they’re often better equipped to handle the spotlight, at least initially, than a first-time manager.
Done it before
Joe Maddon: Yes, Maddon has a job. He’s the Angels manager. But the team is struggling after a hot start and he could be on the hot seat. It’s also worth noting that the Phillies had Maddon on their list the last time they had a managerial vacancy, before he was quickly hired in Anaheim.
Mike Scioscia: Scioscia hasn’t managed since 2018, though two longtime baseball people pointed out the trend of hiring older managers who were out of the game — like Dusty Baker, Tony La Russa and Buck Showalter — has produced some recent success. Scioscia most recently managed Team USA and is a Pennsylvania native.