Teams to make World Series after manager change

Although the Phillies entered the 2022 season with high hopes, President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski recognized that things could get out of hand for the club when the calendar flips to June.

It was then that they fired veteran manager Joe Girardi and replaced him with Rob Thompson, Girardi’s longtime bench coach with the Phillies and Yankees. The move paid off and the Phillies not only turned their season around, but went on to win the NL pennant.

In doing so, they became the ninth team in MLB history to change managers during the offseason — though Thompson is looking to become the third. win World Series at the same time.

“Looking at the players — and the teams vary in build, age and experience — Dave Robb is a soft touch and has been a little patient with some of the younger players,” Phillies management said. Partner John Middleton. “And that was our particular case. There are other cases where that’s not right, but it was our case at the time,” he said.

Here’s a closer look at each of the nine times that proved to be the perfect offseason move, even if some of them fall under different circumstances than the 2022 Phillies.

2022 Phyllis
Manager switch: Rob Thomson replaces Joe Girardi.

After adding Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber to a lineup that already includes Rhys Hoskins, JT Realmuto and NL MVP Bryce Harper, the Phillies enter the 2022 season confident of returning to the postseason for the first time since 2011. A 22-29 start included several bullpen antics and lackluster defensive play, and the team fired manager Joe Girard and replaced him with longtime big league coach Rob Thompson.

Change was immediate. The Phillies went 10-0 in their first game under Thompson and won each of their first eight games at home. They posted a 65-46 record under Thomson while clinching an NL Wild Card berth in the final series of the season. The Phils swept the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Series before shocking the Braves in the NLDS and making quick work of the Padres in the NLCS. Philadelphia waived Thompson’s interim tag and gave him a two-year contract extension that postseason.

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2003 Marlins
Manager switch: Jack McKeon replaces Jeff Torborg.
World Series Result: Won against the Yankees

In the year After winning the 1997 World Series under Jim Leyland, the Marlins began an immediate rebuild. They posted five straight losing seasons from 1998-2002 — and used four managers in the process. Leyland resigned following the ’98 campaign in which the club went just 54-108. John Bolles managed the club for 2 1/2 seasons before moving on in the 2001 season and Tony Perez finishing the year.

Then there was Jeff Torborg, who went 79-83 in his first season in 2002 before getting off to a slow start in ’03. After 38 games — and a 16-22 start — the Marlins fired Torborg and hired 72-year-old Jack McKeon. The team went 3-7 in the first 10 games against McKeon and on May 22 finished 10 games under .500 (19-29) on a six-game winning streak. An 18-8 season in September to clinch the NL wild card spot. McKeon led the Marlins to the NL West champion Giants and NL Central champion Cubs before shocking the AL champion Yankees in the World Series.

1983 Phyllis
Manager switch: Paul Owens replaces Pat Corrales.
World Series Result: Lost to the Orioles

This one was a bit of a shocker, as Corrales was dismissed even though the Phillies were in first place at the time. Corrales led the Phillies to an 89-73 finish and a second-place finish in his first season in 1982. The following year, he started 43-42 before Owens — then the club’s general manager — fired Corrales and took over. The role itself.

Philadelphia continued to hover around .500 for most of the season before taking off in the final month of the season. The Phillies went 22-7 in September, including an 11-game winning streak that lifted them into a 4 1/2-game tie for first place with the Pirates. They won the NL East in six games before falling to the Orioles in five games in the World Series and made quick work of the Dodgers in the NLCS.

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1982 Brewers
Management change: Harvey Quinn replaces Buck Rogers.
World Series Result: Lost vs. Cardinals

After leading the Brewers to their first postseason appearance in franchise history in the strike-ravaged 1981 season, Rodgers got off to a slow start in ’82. On June 1, with the club sitting at 23-24, Milwaukee fired Rodgers and promoted manager Harvey Quinn to take his place. The move made an immediate impact, with the Brewers going 20-7 in June to post a 95-67 mark and win the AL East. “Harvey’s Wallbangers” won the franchise’s first pennant before falling to the Cardinals in seven games in the ’82 World Series.

1981 Yankees
Manager change: Bob Lemon replaces Gene Michaels.
World Series Result: Lost to the Dodgers

This is the only case on this list where the new manager has fared worse than the original. Michael helped the Yanks clinch a postseason berth by winning the AL East in the first half of the strikeout-infested 1981 season. However, in the second half of the season, Michaels continued to clash with owner George Steinbrenner, and the team fired Michaels and turned to Bob Lemon with just 25 games remaining. The club went 11-14 under Lemon and eventually lost to the Dodgers in the Fall Classic. Michaels returned to the lead in 1982, although he did not last the season again due to an ongoing feud with Steinbrenner.

1978 Yankees
Manager change: Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin.
World Series Result: Won by the Dodgers

Martin had no problem winning in New York. In his first full season in 1976, he led the Yanks to a 97-62 record before being swept by the Reds in the World Series. The next year, the Yankees won 100 games en route to winning the ’77 World Series – their first since ’62. But in 78’s 52-42 start, Martin immediately resigned after a dispute with star player Reggie Jackson — and comments he made to owner George Steinbrenner. Lemon stepped in — just as he did for Gene Michaels three years later — and led the Yankees to the Fall Classic, beating the Dodgers in six games.

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1947 Dodgers
Manager change: Burt Shotton replaces Clyde Sukefort.
World Series Result: Lost to the Yankees

This one comes with a little asterisk. After manager Leo Durocher was suspended for the entire 1947 season, Sukeforth — then a staff coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers — would “manage” the first two games of the season, refusing to accept the full-time interim manager’s gig. The Dodgers then turned to Shotton — the club’s scout — to manage the rest of the season. Brooklyn won the NL with a 94-60 record, then fell to the AL champion Yankees in seven games in the World Series.

1938 cubic
Management change: Gabby Hartnett replaces Charlie Grimm.
World Series Result: Lost to the Yankees

Grimm’s first managerial stint with the Cubs ended the way it started — a managerial replacement in the middle of a winning season. Grimm’s managerial career began as a player manager in 1932. But Grimm was at the other end of the same movement at 38.

Although Chicago got off to a respectable 45-36 start to the 1938 season, then-owner PK Wrigley moved Grimm to the broadcasting booth and replaced him with player manager Gabby Hartnett. Hartnett led the club to a 44-27 record, including a 21-5 mark in September, to finish in the NL pennant. The Cubs were eventually swept by the Yankees in the World Series.

1932 cubic
Manager change: Charlie Grimm replaces Rogers Hornsby.
World Series Result: Lost to the Yankees

Although Hornsby won the 1929 MVP award during a 23-year Hall of Fame career with the Cubs, he struggled as the club’s player-manager during an injury-plagued ’32 campaign. Although the Cubs started 53-46, Hornsby played in just 19 games before the team released him and turned to Grimm, the club’s first baseman, to take on the role of player manager. Chicago went 37-18 the rest of the way to win the NL pennant, although they were swept by the Yankees in the ’32 Fall Classic.


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