MANAGERIAL CHANGES & HOUSTON SIGNED A KEY PLAYER TO AN EXTENSION
Well it’s official the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi. This is shocking news as it’s happening early in the season, but it’s understandable as the team was hovering around a .500 record the last few seasons, instead of making the playoffs as expected. I wouldn’t say that this is completely Girardi’s fault, but the team finished at 82-80 last season despite a close division race and missed the playoffs. This season they’re 22-29, but should be 26-25 based on their Pythagorean W-L record. Bench coach Rob Thomson takes over as the new manager.
The Houston Astros extended DH Yordan Álvarez for 6 years/$115 million in a great move for both sides.
The Los Angeles Angels fired manager Joe Maddon. I don’t think the team’s struggles are his fault. Phil Nevin is now the interim manager.