Let’s take a break from the Eagles.
Let’s get it back to the Phillies, who are reportedly set to interview Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter, and Joe Girardi, according to Jim Salisbury, who tweeted today that the “focus is on experienced candidates.”
According to multiple sources, Buck Showalter will interview for the position on Monday. The meeting between Showalter and Phillies officials will take place in the metropolitan New York area, where Showalter is currently working as an analyst for the YES Network.
It is believed that Phillies officials will also speak with Joe Girardi while they are in the New York area on Monday. Girardi lives in that area.
Veteran skipper Dusty Baker is also on the Phillies’ list of candidates, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. A source confirmed that and said Baker would interview with the Phillies later this week.
So Baker is 70 years old and last coached the Nationals in 2017. He had a .593 winning percentage there but lost twice in the NLDS to the Cubs and Dodgers.
Showalter, 63, left television to manage the Orioles back in 2010, posting four winning seasons but losing in the ALDS, ALCS, and wild card game. His contract ran out at the end of last October.
Girardi, of course, beat the Phils in the 2009 World Series and was replaced by Aaron Boone at the end of 2017. He’s 55 now, interviewed with the Cubs, and is expected to interview with the Mets.
The reason I listed the age of these guys is because they’re going to be working with 39 year old Matt Klentak, who was retained by the Phils. Do you see Baker, Showalter, and Girardi subscribing to an analytical approach? Or would they just brush it off and manage how they’ve always managed?
Something to think about.