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Reports: Phillies to hire Joe Girardi; Padres pick Jayce Tingler

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is set to become the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the Associated Press.
(Nick Wass / Associated Press)

The Philadelphia Phillies are hiring former Yankees manager Joe Girardi to replace Gabe Kapler, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team has not announced the decision.

Kapler was fired after an injury-depleted team went 81-81 despite significant offseason additions highlighted by Bryce Harper’s arrival. Kapler was 161-163 in his two seasons. The Phillies also interviewed Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter.

Girardi was one of the most prominent candidates to fill vacant managerial spots across baseball. He led New York to its 27th World Series title, beating the Phillies in six games in 2009.

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He succeeded Joe Torre after the 2007 season and spent a decade in pinstripes. He also managed the Marlins one season and was NL Manager of the Year after going 78-84 in 2006. His record with the Yankees was 910-710, the sixth most wins in team history.

The 55-year-old Girardi hit .267 as a catcher for 15 seasons in the majors. He won three championships with the Yankees in the 1990s and was an All-Star for the Cubs in 2000.

Cubs announce David Ross as manager

The Chicago Cubs have hired former catcher David Ross to replace Joe Maddon as their manager, hoping he can help them get back to the playoffs after missing out for the first time since 2014.

The Cubs announced Thursday a three-year deal with Ross with a club option for the 2023 season.

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Ross played the final two of his 15 major league seasons with the Cubs and was a revered leader on the 2016 team that won the World Series, ending a championship drought dating to 1908. He spent the last three years in Chicago’s front office and was widely viewed as a potential replacement for Maddon, who compiled a 471-339-1 record in five seasons.

Ross has no coaching or managing experience.

Padres hire Jayce Tingler

The San Diego Padres have hired Jayce Tingler from the Texas Rangers as their new manager, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn’t been announced.

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Tingler has most recently been the major league player development field coordinator for the Rangers. His only previous managerial experience has been at the lowest rungs.

He replaces Andy Green, who was blamed for the Padres’ second-half collapse when he was fired with eight games left in the season.

Tingler faces tremendous expectations from ownership and a long-suffering fan base. The Padres were last in the NL West at 70-92 even after signing Manny Machado to a $300-million contract and promoting top rookies Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack.


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