January 8, 2016 |
IT'S A funny little paradox. A boss who urges even interns under his employ to address him by his first name is to receive an award named for a boss whose highest-level employees refuse to do so out of respect . . . Or fear. It's never been quite certain when it comes to Ed Snider. During his more cordial times - when he was not searing that unblinking stare of his through your forehead - Snider has insisted that he does not require his employees - even his general managers - to call him "Mr. " and that it makes him a little uncomfortable when they do. That's never been a problem for 69-year-old Phillies chairman David Montgomery.
September 17, 2015 |
David Montgomery was among those in attendance at the news conference Thursday when incoming Phillies president Andy MacPhail and part-owner John Middleton addressed the dismissal of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. For the Phillies' former longtime president and current chairman, the news came attached with "all of the emotions you can imagine. " Montgomery, 69, has known Amaro since the former player was a teenager and worked closely with him for 17 years, the first 10 when Amaro was an assistant GM and the last seven after Montgomery appointed him GM. "On a personal note, I want to see him do well.
April 5, 2016
It was midsummer 2014, another lost season for the Phillies, but that was the least of anyone's concern in that little house in Sea Isle City. Jerry Gehman lay dying. He'd spent most of his 72 years saving lives on that beach in the summer and the rest of the year guiding lives at West Deptford High, a teacher and athletic director. In 1980, he stopped lifeguarding and went to work for the Phils, first as a security guard, later as a bartender, but not in 2014. Colon cancer had ravaged his body.
August 2, 2013 |
Phillies president David Montgomery jokes that he normally doesn't venture out in public after a Phillies loss. Well, the Phillies had lost nine of 10 by Thursday morning, and Montgomery was slated to speak at the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) national convention. And so he found himself surrounded by frustrated, if well-intentioned, fans. He couldn't escape them, even in the bathroom. One man, Montgomery said while delivering the opening remarks at the SABR convention Thursday, "was giving me advice in the men's room.
July 10, 2012 |
OVER THE NEXT few weeks, the Phillies will need to make a slew of decisions that require them to carefully weigh the present against two types of futures. The short-term is a future that sees them carrying $114 million in payroll obligations for 2013 and at least $70 million in each of 2014 and 2015. The long-term is a future that will be impacted by the young players currently in the organization, from a depleted minor league system to the major league roster, and the financial decisions the club makes from this point forward.
August 22, 2014 |
David Montgomery, speaking Tuesday to a group of fans at Citizens Bank Park, issued yet another vote of confidence for Ruben Amaro Jr. The Phillies, who have spent more than $500 million in payroll since the start of the 2012 season, will miss the postseason for the third straight year. "Ruben is not on the hot seat," Montgomery, the team's president, told fans. The question-and-answer session was part of the team's annual Baseball 101 event for women. Montgomery, who is undergoing treatment for jaw cancer, has not changed his public message about Amaro, his embattled general manager.
July 10, 2012 |
CHARLIE MANUEL lives his life large. He's a big guy, with a big smile, and a big voice. At noontime Sunday, Charlie Manuel wasn't sitting big. He looked a little stunned. A little beaten. Chastened. His boss, team president David Montgomery, met with Manuel for more than an hour before Sunday's first-half finale. Afterward, Manuel took a stroll through the clubhouse, stopped for a bathroom break, then sat down behind the desk he hopes will continue to be his. "We just talked about the team and things," Manuel explained to the Daily News.
August 29, 1997 |
It is not unusual to walk through the Phillies clubhouse and get called aside by Scott Rolen. "Psst," he'll say. "What's up with J.D.?" Rolen asks about J.D. Drew, the Phillies' unsigned No. 1 draft pick, frequently. They are only seven months apart in age. When and if Drew comes on board, he will join Rolen as one of the pillars of the organization's future. Rolen, 22, has been eager to speak with Drew ever since the Phils drafted the former Florida State star in June.
April 13, 2016 |
On the day Ed Snider died, South Philadelphia was alive in a manner he would have relished. Monday was the Phillies' opening game this season at Citizens Bank Park, and Xfinity Live - the six-pub pleasure complex on the site where the Spectrum once stood - was full with patrons. The ballgame was still hours from starting. The customers held beer glasses to their lips and took hellacious bites of buffalo chicken wraps. A Janet Jackson song thumped inside the building; a cover band blasted Dave Matthews Band outside.
May 4, 2015
A photo with Sunday's Cause & Celebration feature incorrectly identified Philadelphia Phillies president Pat Gillick. He was pictured with Joan Mazzotti and David Montgomery.