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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Phils manager Joe Girardi already living up to reputation

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It’s clear when Joe Girardi walks into a room that he’s the man in charge.

There’s a different vibe surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training thanks to their new manager with the impressive resume. Girardi commands respect without having to demand it. He has a confident swagger that resonates with players because he’s won four World Series as a player and manager.

“He has a really calm, confident demeanor,” All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto said. “When he speaks, everybody listens because he’s so intelligent and what he says makes sense all the time.”

Girardi managed the New York Yankees for 10 years, succeeding Joe Torre after the 2007 season. He led New York to three AL East titles, six postseason appearances and its 27th World Series title, beating the Phillies in six games in 2009.

Or, What A Diff’rence A Manager Makes

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2020 at 01:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, managing

Friday, January 31, 2020

Baker will be asked to manage AL All-Stars at Dodger Stadium

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker will get time in the spotlight back at Dodger Stadium next summer.

The new Houston Astros manager will be invited to lead the American League in the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium on July 14, Major League Baseball said Thursday.

Baker was hired by the Astros to replace AJ Hinch, who was suspended by MLB for the season on Jan. 13 for his role in the team’s sign-stealing scheme, then was fired by Houston along with general manager Jeff Luhnow.

 

 

QLE Posted: January 31, 2020 at 12:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, dusty baker, managing

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Mike Piazza taking cues from Tommy Lasorda for Italy’s team

ROME (AP) — When Mike Piazza was hired to manage Italy’s national baseball team, one of the first people he shared the news with was Tommy Lasorda.

Now 92, the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager had persuaded Piazza to switch from first base to catcher at the start of what would be a Hall of Fame career.

“His style may be a little dated for lack of a better term, but he was very inspiring and the way he ran the team was he inspired you to achieve more than you thought you were capable of achieving,” Piazza said of his mentor, a fellow Italian-American. “So that’s the one thing I want to bring in.”

The 51-year-old Piazza, who was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, holds dual American and Italian citizenship. While the contract for Piazza’s first managing job expires at the end of next year, Piazza is expected to remain with Italy at least through the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

If Tommy Lasorda is dumber than ten dogs, how dumb does that make Piazza?

 

QLE Posted: November 30, 2019 at 09:44 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: managing, mike piazza, tommy lasorda

 

 

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