Let’s get it back to the Phillies, who reportedly interviewed Buck Showalter, Dusty Baker, and Joe Girardi this week.
Apparently another round of interviews, according to the Inquirer’s Matt Breen, who writes the following in his Thursday newsletter:
And then there were three. The Phillies’ search to replace manager Gabe Kapler has reached its final stages, as the team will hold follow-up interviews over the next few days with Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, and Buck Showalter after meeting with all three managers this week.
Those three — all with established track records — are believed to be the only three candidates for the job. A decision is expected to be finalized next week. Girardi and Showalter are considered the favorites. General manager Matt Klentak and assistant general manager Ned Rice are leading the search, but managing partner John Middleton and team president Andy MacPhail will have a say.
My gut still tells me Showalter is gonna be the guy, but I think Girardi would be the better hire.