Former Phillies manager Joe Girardi to join Cubs television broadcast team


Joe Girardi appears to have found a new gig. The former Phillies skipper will be on the call for Marquee Sports this weekend, joining play-by-play voice Jon Sciambi and color analyst Jim Deshaies in the booth for the Cubs’ upcoming series against Milwaukee. He’ll also work next month’s series against Miami, going on the road for the Cubs’ three-game set at Marlins Park.

Girardi, a Peoria native who attended Northwestern, was dismissed by the Phillies earlier this year, lasting less than three seasons in Philadelphia. The former catcher has also coached the Marlins (2006) and Yankees (2008-17), leading the latter to a World Series in 2009.

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Seven of Girardi’s 15 major-league seasons were spent in Chicago, making his lone All-Star game as a Cub in 2000. The 57-year-old boasts plenty of television experience, having previously appeared on YES, Fox Sports and, most recently, MLB Network.

The Phillies have fared significantly better under interim manager Rob Thompson (.652 winning percentage since his promotion), though they’ve cooled off of late, losing four of their last seven including Wednesday’s matinee at Cincinnati. Owners of the National League’s longest active playoff drought (they haven’t qualified since 2011), the Phillies are well-positioned to end that dry spell, holding a one-game lead over San Diego for the second of three NL Wild Card berths.

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