Joe Girardi’s sudden availability doesn’t appear to be redirecting the Philadelphia Phillies‘ search for a new skipper.
With their search starting to wind down and several other candidates emerging as front-runners, the Phillies are reportedly not likely to consider Girardi, who was let go Thursday by the New York Yankees, as a late entrant for the job, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported Friday.
Philadelphia would be the second NL East team to reportedly not pursue Girardi – who began his managerial career in 2006 with the division rival Florida Marlins – for a manager role. On Friday, it was reported the Washington Nationals are also “not likely” to call the 53-year-old despite his winning pedigree.
One reason Girardi apparently won’t be heading to the City of Brotherly Love is the Phillies have reportedly identified their three finalists, in former Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell, Dusty Wathan – who manages the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley – and Los Angeles Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler, according to Zolecki.
A report Friday suggested Farrell, who lost his job in Boston earlier this month after winning his second straight division title, has the inside track among candidates with dugout experience. Neither Wathan nor Kapler have experience managing at the big-league level, though both have guided minor-league teams.
Per Zolecki, Farrell, Wathan, and Kapler have all received second interviews with the Phillies.