Over the last month or so, numerous candidates have rolled in and out of the Phillies front office interviewing for the vacant General Manager position. Those candidates have in included former General Managers, Assistant GM’s and even Major League Baseball’s Senior VP of Baseball Operations, Kim Ng, who is looking to become baseball’s first female GM.
The month long search is finally over though as the Phillies are reportedly ready to name Matt Klentak as their 12th General Manager in franchise history per the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
Klentak, 35, broke into Major League baseball with the Colorado Rockies after graduating from Dartmouth University. He does have ties to new Phillies President Andy MacPhail, serving as the Director of Baseball Operation with the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-2011.
Klentak has been a member of the Los Angeles Angels front office since November 2011, serving as Assistant General Manager and most recently the interim GM of the team when Jerry Dipoto resigned from the position on July 1 of this year.
Personally I think it’s a solid hire by the Phillies who needed to go with a candidate who had more of an analytical mind and someone with a fresh perspective from outside the organization. I would pretend to know the ins and outs of the hire, but it certainly seems like a step in the right direction for an organization focused on a youth movement. Klentak brings to the Phillies a wealth of knowledge in baseball analytics, something that the Phillies have been lacking under former General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.