TODAY'S FEATURE STORYGILLICK'S BACK - NO BUDDY PLAN, PLEASE! Bringing Pat Gillick back, was a good move on the part of ownership,
provided that Gillick's hands were not tied and that he wasn't told that
Amaro was untouchable. If Pat Gillick is able to devise and implement
another solid business plan for this organization, one that will bring it
back to respectability, he needs to have complete freedom to decide
who stays and who goes. If Gillick inherited Amaro, and believes that
Amaro may not be able to do the job, Gillick's return sounds more like
publicity than it does business. If, on the other hand, this was not the
case, and Gillick truly believes in Amaro's capabilities, that's a very
different matter. The Phillies need to embrace a solid business plan
over their existing buddy plan. Then, just maybe, in three or four years
the Phillies might be contending for a divisional crown.
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|WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO RUBEN?
Twenty years ago, we screamed that there was no business plan that
defined the Phillies organization. Finally we saw this as Pat Gillick came
to Philadelphia. Gillick brought with him a keen baseball intellect, and
a sound business plan. Six years removed from the Gillick revival, the
Phillies are once again, an organization with no real business plan. If
today's brain-thrust had the ability to infuse life into this organization,
they would have by now. Can Ruben Amaro devise, implement,
and stick to that business plan like Sir Patrick did?|
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