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"In firing Girardi, the Phillies are repeating the error they made three years ago, blaming the manager for the roster's flaws. Their prior manager, Gabe Kapler, had a 161-163 record with the Phillies, breaking a six-year string of sub-.500 finishes in 2019. Kapler was a lightning rod for criticism, however, especially with how he managed pitchers, and he was let go after the ’19 season. Kapler was NL Manager of the Year two years later, and his injury-riddled Giants roster is comfortably in the NL’s last playoff slot today."