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Report: John Farrell interviews to be Phillies manager

Rob Bradford
October 25, 2017 - 9:39 pm

John Farrell is still in the hunt to manage during the 2018 season.

According to, Farrell was the latest candidate to interview for the vacant Phillies managing job.

It is believed to the only interview Farrell has participated in since the Red Sox let him go four days after the completion of their season-ending American League Division Series against the Astros.

The Phillies have reportedly cast a wide net, expecting to conclude their first round of interviews by the end of the week. Some of the names who have met with Philadelphia have been Mariners bench coach Manny Acta, Dodgers player development director Gabe Kapler, A's third base coach Chip Hale, Giants third base coach Phil Nevin, and former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who was ultimately hired by the Mets.

Besides New York, two other teams -- Detroit and Boston -- have already filled their managerial openings, with Ron Gardenhire going to the Tigers and the Red Sox locking up Astros bench coach Alex Cora. Washington joins the Phillies as the only team to still not have a manager in place.

While it is unlikely either the Nationals or Phillies would make a move during the current World Series, both organizations almost certaintly will lock somebody up by the start of the GM Meetings, which kick off Nov. 13 in Orlando.

The Phillies had a dreadful 2017, firing manager Pete Mackanin after going 66-96. While Philadelphia possesses some interesting young talent -- highlighted by Rhys Hoskins, who hit 18 homers in 50 games -- there were few standouts among the regulars. Not a single hitter managed to play more than 100 games and hit over .294. The Phils' top starter was Aaron Nola, who was 12-11 with a 3.54 ERA, with no other pitcher winning more than eight games.

Farrell has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to rejoin Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who needs a new pitching coach.

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