September 5, 2014 |
To Phillies fans hoping desperately for a change in the team's direction - and, yes, by now everyone knows exactly what you think that first change should be - the sad news that team president David Montgomery requires a leave of absence while he deals with his recovery from cancer surgery was tempered somewhat by the appointment of Pat Gillick as the club's "interim caretaker. " In this town, Gillick is associated with success, which is the same association he enjoys in the other three cities - Toronto, Baltimore, and Seattle - in which he was general manager of the local baseball team.
July 25, 2011
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The Phillies threw a big party for Pat Gillick on Saturday night at The Farmers' Museum and it was the United Nations of upstate New York, people from Canada and the Caribbean, from Seattle and Baltimore and Toronto and Philadelphia, from there and from all of the places where Gillick did the work that resulted in his induction yesterday into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Toward the end of the night, Phillies president David Montgomery handed his former general manager a microphone.
July 25, 2011 |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - With the keys dangling from his fingers, Pat Gillick decided to toss control of the car to the younger, less-experienced driver. Five years ago, the former Phillies general manager pulled the trigger on a series of moves that gave his team a face lift and set the tone for the future. Gillick dealt away key components Bobby Abreu and David Bell along with pitcher Corey Lidle at the trade deadline in 2006. Before the season he traded first baseman Jim Thome, and at season's end he allowed catcher Mike Lieberthal to walk via free agency.
July 22, 2011 |
HERE, Twitter-style, is a recap of Pat Gillick's time with the Phillies: Hired as GM before '06 season. Didn't fire Manuel at end of year. Traded Thome, Abreu. Won World Series in '08. OMG, what a parade. Retired. Became consultant. Voted into HOF. Induction Sunday. So there you have, in all its breathtaking lack of detail, a concise summary of the 5-plus years that resulted in an extreme makeover of the local ballclub's image. A period that included just the second world championship in franchise history.
March 4, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Five seasons after the celebration that ended the city's 28-year championship drought, Pat Gillick is still here. Only seven players remain from the 2008 World Series title team that Gillick presided over as general manager. Among the seven are the core quintet of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels. At a time when many people see this as a team in decline, Gillick views the core as still capable of making a run or two at another title.
July 27, 2011 |
The Phillies will honor new Hall of Fame inductee Pat Gillick in a ceremony before tonight's game. The ceremony begins at 6:45 before the 7:05 start against the Giants. Gillick was the team's general manager from 2005 to 2008, including the 2008 World Series championship team. He remains with the team in an advisory role. Gillick, who was enshrined Sunday in Cooperstown, will take a victory lap around the field, greeting fans, after the ceremony.
July 26, 2011 |
The Phillies will honor new Hall of Fame inductee Pat Gillick with a ceremony before Wednesday night's game. The ceremony begins at 6:45 before the 7:05 start against the San Francisco Giants. Gillick was the team's general manager from 2005 to 2008, including the 2008 World Series championship team. He remains with the team in an advisory role. Gillick, who was enshrined Sunday in Cooperstown, will be presented with several items by the Phillies. After the ceremony, he will take a victory lap around the field, greeting fans.
November 28, 1995 |
Pat Gillick returned to baseball yesterday as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, one of the few jobs that could prod him out of retirement. Gillick was general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from their initial season in 1977 through 1994, producing World Series champions in 1992 and 1993. He was elevated to executive vice president in September 1994, serving in an advisory capacity. "When I backed off 14 months ago, I kind of figured I had enough," he said. "But I was kind of idle, not really doing too much, and my wife gave me a major league, 'Yes, you did retire too early.
July 29, 2011
BETWEEN THE LINES Pat Gillick responded to rumors that the Cubs could be courting him to be their next team president by saying he's never spoken to owner Tom Ricketts. What he didn't say was whether he'd been contacted by anybody representing the team. This should be a no-brainer for the Cubs. Whether it would be the right situation for Gillick is a different issue, but there's a reason to think it might be. Which is: Is there a bigger challenge in baseball than being the guy who helps that franchise win its first World Series since 1908?
September 29, 2009 |
Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick said yesterday that he would consider returning to another team to oversee baseball operations, according to a report by Buster Olney, of ESPN The Magazine. Gillick, 72, who served as an adviser for the Phillies this year, left his GM post after the team won the World Series. Before his time in Philadelphia, Gillick served as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1977 to '94, and the team won championships in 1992 and 1993.