Your MacPhail Fix

We are entering a new era of Phillies baseball.

That should have become clear the second the Phillies issued a press release yesterday morning announcing ownership partner John Middleton would introduce Andy MacPhail as the next team president. It is the first time an ownership partner got in front of the cameras and microphones and discussed the team. In the past, it has been Bill Giles, David Montgomery or Pat Gillick. Never a Middleton. Never a Buck. Never a Betz.

Nobody.

But that has changed now and it will be fascinating to see how it unfolds. Middleton promised not to be involved in baseball decisions, but clearly he is exerting more influence on the direction of the organization. MacPhail will be interesting to watch, too. He is going to advise Gillick through the rest of the season, but while Gillick will have final say until then, I’ve got to think MacPhail will have more influence than everybody is letting on. For example, what happens if MacPhail loves a deal on the table for Cole Hamels, but Gillick does not? Who wins there?

“I would be very surprised if it ever got to the point where you had diametrically opposed opinions,” MacPhail said. “I think they’re going to insist and ensure that you’ll be involved. And you’re going to learn how that process took place and you’re going to learn who had influence. You’ll also get an opportunity to see just how much information was collected. how exhaustive the research was. So all of those things are going to be important. And again, I’ll give my opinion. That’s one thing I’ve never been shy about doing. It’s gotten me in trouble occasionally.”

Here are the stories from yesterday:

5 Comments

Why wait?? Why make the paying customers suffer through four more months of delay?? If you are going to make a change – MAKE THE DAMN CHANGE NOW.
Also, I would feel better if the new hire was named MacWin, rather than the Philly version of MacFail.

I have to admit to being CAUTIOUSLY optimistic. They sure said all the right things yesterday!

Obviously, he does need to learn about the organization and such. This season is a wash so let him learn what he needs to know. Then he can raise hell if that is what needs to happen.

I don’t understand the delayed take over. If he’s the president than announce me as the president and let him call the shots for the July 31 trade deadline.

Don’t you mean a MacPhail MacPhix?

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