TODAY'S FEATURE STORYGILLICK IS PHILLIES FULL-TIME PRESIDENT! A little more than 9 years ago, Phillies president David Montgomery
hired a general manager and a lot of people wondered if the man
was too old for the job. Pat Gillick was 68 at the time, and his age,
as it turned out, was a factor. It meant he had the patience and the
wisdom to make the moves that took the Phillies from being a good
team to a World Series champion. Gillick is 77 now, and the Phillies
asked him to fill an even more important role within their organization.
They asked him to become the team's full-time president, a role he
was filling on an interim basis while Montgomery recovered from
cancer surgery. Gillick has accepted the challenge. Gillick's focus
will be entirely on the personnel side, which is his area of expertise.
He is the first Phillies president who does not have an ownership
stake in the team since Giles and his business partners purchased
the team from the Carpenter family in 1981.
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|THE FAILURE OF THE BUDDY PLAN!
The Phillies have become an organization that is complacent, behind
the times with respect to what their counterparts are doing, and an
organization that seems to have no viable business plan. Regardless
of how you look at it, all of this occurred during Ruben Amaro's watch.
When Pat Gillick left the organization as its general manager, both the
Phillies scouting program and player development system had regained
respectability, and were producing talent that was usable at the major-
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