Gillick Will Be Both Caretaker and Agent for Change

Gillick Elected to Hall of FameThe Phillies named Pat Gillick interim president last Thursday while David Montgomery takes a leave of absence to recover from jaw bone cancer surgery. He joined the team today in Atlanta, and said he plans to follow the team through the rest of the season.

Gillick spoke with reporters this afternoon, when he offered thoughts and opinions on numerous topics. Basically, he said he will be focused on the baseball operations side of the Phillies. Senior vice president of administration and operations Mike Stiles will be in charge of the business side.

Here are a few highlights:

Q: Do you have full power on baseball operations?
A: Right now I guess that, you know, Ruben (Amaro Jr.) and I … let me put it this way, Ruben and I mutually agree on most decisions that we make. Ruben is very inclusive on any decisions that we make for the ballclub. But right now if there’s something I might have a different opinion, I’ll certainly voice that opinion and we’ll talk it through and try to make what we think is the correct decision.

Q: But you have final say?
A: I would say if it comes down to the end, I have part of the final say. At this moment, I think ownership has a part of the say, too.

Q: Are you a caretaker or someone who can come here and affect change?
A: A little bit of both. As I’ve said over and over, we want David back as soon as possible. So that point, I’m an interim care taker. But at the same time, if there are decisions that have to be made from a baseball standpoint, we’re going to make those decisions.

Q: Amaro said emphatically last Friday in New York that he is the GM and that is not going to change. He also said Ryne Sandberg is the manager and that is not going to change. Can you definitely say Ruben will be the GM and Ryne will be the manager?
A: Right. Absolutely. Absolutely.

Q: Why? Fans are incredibly frustrated right now with the GM position.
A: Well, let me say this, one of the more difficult thing to do in professional aports, and not only baseball but all sports, is to be patient. It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult for the fans to be patient. It’s difficult for the media to be patient. It’s difficult for ownership to be patient. But sometimes when you get challenges, and the challenges are we haven’t played well in the last two, three years. These are basically the same people that made the decisions when we won five division championships from 2007 through 2011. These are the same people making the decisions. So, all of a sudden, Ryne wasn’t here, but Ruben was here. All of a sudden he didn’t get dumb overnight. It’s just right now, we’re in a situation where we know where we’re headed and it’s going to take some time to get us where we want to go.



Well, if that interview won’t depress season ticket sales, nothing will. Hey Pat see all those empty blue seats? Get used to it, you’ll see more if nothing changes drastically.

The whole front office needs a housecleaning from the top down, including Gillick, since he clearly forgot to pack his balls when he moved back in.

Yep. I’m going to be buying 18 dollar seats and sitting 3 rows off the field for quite some time. It’s cool. I’m getting some awesome photos.

Right — Amaro did not get stupid overnight; he just DOES NOT HAVE ANY BASEBALL ACUMEN!! Now, the end of the 2014 season, we are mired in last place, Amaro proclaims “expect significant changes to the roster.” The fans have been saying this since the beginning of 2013.

More double speak. Nothing like inflating Ruin’s role in building the 2007 to 2011 teams. There is no getting around the fact that Ruin’s tenure as GM has been an unmitigated failure with the phillies finishing worse than the prior year each year Ruin has been GM.

Once these contracts start to be moved or paid-off I think the Phils can start moving in the right direction. Hopefully ownership has learned from past mistakes. Something does need to be done about amateur draft evaluation and development of young talent. It hasn’t gone well since Mr. Arbuckle left after being snubbed for the GM post. A new director of minor league operations, coming from outside the organization, should be a priority.

Do you really think ownership has learned from past mistakes — not as long as Amaro maintains his GM position. Mr. Arbuckle is currently with the Kansas City Royals organization. Actually, ownership made a major MISTAKE now they need to rectify it.

I agree with you. However, in regards to the contracts, how much came from Mr. Amaro nor how much influence came from ownership.

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Gee, maybe some blame should be placed on the sub 250 average multi-millionaire hitters and 2-16 pitchers. Why does Ryan Howard keep doing the same thing over and over and over and over with the same feeble result. Low and away every time. Someone should tell him that it’s tough to hit a ball that bounces in. Do the Phillies have a hitting coach? A pitching coach? It seems that Matt Stairs can analyze the Phils “hitters”; what’s he doing in the broadcast booth?

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