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.

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  • The interesting correlation between these two manager is that both of them have World Series wins on their resumes and both will probably land with another team soon. The culture of sports is not about what have you done but “what have you done lately?” Yes, ,I think that Joe Girardi could have done a better job in some aspects but again laying the blame solely at the manager’s feet isn’t a smart way to go and doesn’t really entice any other job candidates to want the job as well. As for the Angels, I don’t totally understand the absolute collapse they’ve had the past few weeks since they started out hot. Again, Joe Maddon is a pretty good manager overall and with his track record he may be able to find another spot somewhere.

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