Phillies fire Joe Girardi, name Rob Thomson interim manager

Phillies currently have a record of 2,229

the National League East, 12 games behind the 1st New York Mets.

Phillies  Baseball Director David Dombrowski has issued

We believe we have a talented group

Rob is well-versed and experienced in our club

the right person to lead us into the future.

Thomson will be the 56th manager For the past five seasons

he has been the team's bench coach

has also coordinated spring training.