MLB Weekly Digest October 28th Edition: Phillies Hire Girardi as Manager


The last week in MLB was about a pair of teams in the National League hiring new managers, and a club in the American League hires an individual for their front office.

Philadelphia Phillies Hire Joe Girardi as Manager

The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Joe Girardi to become their manager.

Girardi is the 55th manager in franchise history, and he’ll receive a three-year contract with a club option for 2023, per a team announcement.

Girardi meshed with Phillies owner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak, and other people while interviewing for the Phillies vacant manager position.

He’ll also have the freedom to make his own lineup card and other moves, which is rare for managers, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Girardi previously managed the Miami Marlins in 2006 and won the National League Manager of the Year Award during that campaign.

He was the Yankees’ manager from 2008-17 and helped guide them to a World Series title in 2009.

In his managerial career, he has a record of 988-794.

The team does need to address some areas in the offseason, such as improving their starting rotation and bullpen.

The hiring of Girardi will be good for the franchise as he’s someone who works well with veteran players, and the Phillies have several veteran players on their roster.

Chicago Cubs Name David Ross as Manager

The Chicago Cubs have selected David Ross to be their manager, per a team announcement.

Ross becomes the 55th manager in their franchise, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract through the 2022 season with a club option for 2023.

Ross is a former catcher, who played 15 seasons in MLB.

He’s a two-time World Series champion, winning the title in 2013 with the Boston Red Son and again with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.

Ross is known for being a strong communicator, and it’s a characteristic that a manager needs to have when dealing with a clubhouse.

Ross has no experience being a manager, but playing the catcher position and being part of teams that had success in the regular season and postseason will be a tremendous asset for him.

One of the biggest challenges Ross faces is separating the friendships he has with some of the players on the Cubs’ roster.

Boston Red Sox Hire Chaim Bloom as Chief Baseball Officer

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly hired Chaim Bloom to run their baseball operations, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The title for Bloom will be the team’s chief baseball officer, per Mark Feinsand of

Brian O’Halloran, one of the three assistant general managers in Boston, will be named the general manager of the club.

Also, Eddie Romero and Zack Scott will keep their assistant general manager titles with the Red Sox, per Feinsand.

Bloom had been serving as the vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays since the end of the 2014 season when Andrew Friedman left to take a job with the Los Angeles Dodgers as their president of baseball operations.

Bloom is known for being a smart front-office executive as he graduated from Yale.

He was the only external candidate the Red Sox chose to interview, per Feinsand.

Bloom will be expected to trim the payroll for the Red Sox and build up their farm system.

These are two areas he excelled at with the Rays.

The Rays typically have one of the lowest payrolls in MLB and have a robust farm system.

The hiring of Bloom was a smart move by the Red Sox as they have a young, creative mind running their baseball operations.

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