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MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 01: Joe Girardi #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during the game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park on October 01, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

It’s been a tumultuous start to the Philadelphia Phillies 2022 season, and the organization just made the road to the playoffs a little more rocky. The Phillies announced that they will be moving on from manager Joe Girardi, effective immediately. The move comes on the heels of a 1-5 stretch in the team’s last 6 games and a 22-29 start to the season that has the Phillies 12.5 games back of the New York Mets in the NL East.

Jason Stark from the Athletic is reporting that bench coach Rob Thomson will be the interim manager, this after Jim Salisbury from NBC Sports Philadelphia had tweeted he was hearing a change was near.

Girardi, who was hired in October of 2019 to replace Gabe Kapler, had a 132-141 record as manager in Philadelphia, failing to make the playoffs in his first 2 seasons with the club. Despite being over .500 last year, the Phillies ultimately underachieved under Girardi, continuing the 2nd longest playoff drought in all of baseball. This leaves the Phillies with an interesting path the rest of the season, as they still have 111 games left in the 2022 campaign to now weather with a managerial change to deal with.