MacPhail Officially Replaces Gillick as President

Veteran baseball executive Andy MacPhail, right, speaks during a news conference with Philadelphia Phillies part-owner John Middleton before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The transition is official.

The Phillies announced this morning that Andy MacPhail has officially replaced Pat Gillick as team president. He had been introduced as the incoming president at a news conference in June, but with the caveat that Gillick would remain at the helm through the end of the season.

“As the Phillies begin this new chapter in the club’s history, we are confident that Andy is the right person to lead the organization,” Phillies partner John Middleton said in a statement. “Speaking on behalf of the ownership group, we are pleased with the input Andy has provided over the past few months. His years of baseball knowledge, combined with his passion for the game, are important as he moves forward with his primary objective of developing a championship-caliber team.”

But MacPhail, 62, clearly has not been sitting and waiting for Wednesday to begin making changes. He was very involved before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. He decided Ruben Amaro Jr. would not return as general manager. He also decided Pete Mackanin would remain manager.

MacPhail has been interviewing candidates to replace Amaro, a group that reportedly includes Larry Beinfest, Kim Ng and Ross Atkins. Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo and Angels assistant Matt Klentak also could be candidates, among others.

MacPhail has said he hopes to announce Amaro’s replacement before the end of the month.

Gillick, who replaced David Montgomery as president in Aug. 2014, said last month he did not know about his future with the organization, but Middleton said Gillick will remain for now.

“I would also like to thank Pat Gillick for, once again, providing invaluable leadership to the Phillies for the past 14 months,” Middleton said. “He will continue to assist the front office in an advisory role.”

Gillick, 78, has a small ownership stake with the Phillies, so if he wanted to join a different organization he would have to sell his share.

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