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According to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury, the Phillies are looking at long-time baseball executive Andy MacPhail to take the reigns from Pat Gillick.
In a story posted on csnphilly.com Monday Morning, Salisbury says a source has said that the Phillies have MacPhail on their radar.
When Gillick took over for David Montgomery last season in an interim role, but the word interim was removed from Gillick’s title in January, but Gillick made it clear that he did not intend to stay the team’s president for long. Gillick, 77, was expected to oversee the baseball side of the organization was well as help identify candidates to lead the organization and recommend them to ownership.
MacPhail has a longstanding relationship with both Montgomery, who nows serves as Chairman and Gillick. MacPhail was the general manager of the Minnesota Twins when the team won the World Series in 1987 and 1991. He then moved to the Chicago Cubs, where he served as president/CEO from 1994-2006. Most recently, he was president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles, but left when his contact expired after the 2011 season. MacPhail was very influential in the rebuilding of the Orioles that made the postseason in both 2012 and 2012.
It was rumored that MacPhail was to succeed Bud Selig as the next commissioner of baseball before Rob Manfred was named over the winter.
One thing is for sure for whomever becomes the next president of the Phillies, there needs to be a change. Starting with Ruben Amaro Jr.
It was not clear whether the Phillies would bring a new club president during the season or if they would wait until after the season or just simply stay with Gillick. The new leader, even in a consultant role with plenty of season left would give that person time to evaluate front office and field staff for changes to be considered.
Citing club policy, the Phillies declined to comment.
Both Macphail’s father, Lee, and grandfather, Larry, are Hall of Fame executives.
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