MacPhail Arrival Becomes Official Today

macphailA critical piece to the Phillies’ future will be introduced this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies ownership partner John Middleton and president Pat Gillick will introduce Andy MacPhail at a 2:30 p.m. press conference, where he is expected to succeed Gillick. MacPhail is assuming control of the organization at a significant time, with the Phillies holding the worst record in baseball and trying to rebuild for postseason contention in a few years.

MacPhail will play a vital role in the potential trades of veterans Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Aaron Harang and others before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

He also will decide the fate of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., whose contract expires at the end of the season. Amaro is expected to remain GM for the foreseeable future.

Ryne Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager on Friday, leaving Pete Mackanin as interim manager. The Phillies only have said Mackanin will serve in that role through the homestand, which ends Thursday, probably because they did not want to announce anything official until MacPhail’s introduction.

MacPhail has experience leading three organizations.

He served as Twins general manager when Minnesota won the 1987 and 1991 World Series. He served as Cubs president from 1994-2006, helping the Cubs reach the postseason twice. He then served five seasons as Baltimore’s president of baseball operations, making some of the trades that helped the Orioles return to the postseason.

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Appoint him to the job at 2:30, Fire Amaro at 2:35

While I hadn’t been impressed with Sandberg and don’t think he did much with the roster Amaro gave him, is his hasty resignation more rooted in a bad relationship with McPhail from their Chicago days?

i’m sure there’s a little to it. Facts are, Amaro is a train wreck and Sandberg simply isn’t a good manager, that combined with players who don’t think he is either. He might be a quitter, but he’s not dumb.

Sounds great,but we need to get rid of Howard and Ruben Amaero now first!!

The fact that he had a press conference BEFORE telling players is all you need to know

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Really bad news – why are they waiting for the end of the season to fire Amaro??? Don’t let Ruin do ANY deadline deals, that will screw us forever, like the Cliff Deal debacle!

MacPhail would not let Sandberg be a spring training instructor when Sandberg first retired. Then, when Sandberg made noises about returning to the game as a player, MacPhail made some really rude, disrespectful jokes about him on a radio show. You can look it up. Sandberg was not waiting around for this third-generation prep-school twit to fire him. These Phillies are all about nepotism (Penn Charter, anyone?), not accomplishment.

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