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September 5, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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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.
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July 25, 2011 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 22, 2011 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 4, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 27, 2011 | STAFF REPORT
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.
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July 26, 2011 | STAFF REPORT
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.
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November 28, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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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?
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September 29, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 1, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR THE SECOND time in four days, three baseball men sat at the dais at the front of the press room at Citizens Bank Park, with bright lights shining down on them and dozens of reporters ready to engage in the news of the day. The only man who was a part of both news conferences was Pat Gillick. Gillick's teary-eyed look from Friday's sudden departure of manager Ryne Sandberg was gone, however. It was replaced by the fire in the eyes of the man seated two seats down from him. John Middleton, a part of an ownership group that's been best known for its silence and anonymity, was more than eager to take the vocal lead and make an announcement Monday that he thinks ultimately will take his team back from pretender to contender.
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June 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was the top of the second inning and there was cheering in the press box. Pat Gillick, the president of the worst team in baseball, had just watched Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, second baseman Cesar Hernandez and catcher Cameron Rupp team up for an unconventional double play that cut down a St. Louis Cardinals base runner at home. "Hell of a play," Gillick said as he stood and clapped during a conversation with a reporter. When the Phillies used four hits, including a couple of doubles, to score three times in the bottom of the second inning off Cardinals ace Michael Wacha, Gillick's emotions surfaced again.
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September 5, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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September 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Before he ascended to interim president of the Phillies, Pat Gillick spoke with Ruben Amaro Jr. two or three times a week on the phone. Gillick, a Hall of Fame executive, served from his Seattle home as a sounding board for Amaro. Little will change now that Gillick, 77, is Amaro's boss. "Ruben and I mutually agree on most decisions that we make," Gillick said Tuesday at Turner Field. "Ruben is very inclusive on any decisions that we make for the ball club. But right now, if there's something I might have a different opinion, I'll certainly voice that opinion, and we'll talk it through and try to make what we think is the correct decision.
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July 18, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
AMONG THE never-ending games of what-if played repeatedly over the last few summers here, the what-if-Pat-Gillick had stayed game probably does not get enough plays. At the very least, it is far less popular than the what-if-they-had-picked-Mike-Arbuckle-as-GM game. And yet there is far more evidence to make the case that things would have been different if Pat remained general manager than if Mike was made one, evidence supplied in his previous stops in Toronto, Baltimore and Seattle.
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March 4, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 1, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
SOMEONE ASKED during an online chat on Monday whether Pat Gillick was still involved in the Phillies' decision making process. And I thought, "Oh yeah, whatever happened to that guy?" Gillick is still listed as a Phillies advisor, but the days of Ruben Amaro Jr. referencing him at major press conferences — like the one announcing the 6-year, $144 million contract extension for Cole Hamels — has passed. During extended question-and-answer sessions after the formal one from the podium that day, not once did any of the principals involved reference the former Phillies general manager.
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August 1, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
So it was left for Ruben Amaro Jr. to turn off the colorful lanterns and close the pool on what has been the most successful stretch of baseball in Phillies franchise history. He didn't make everyone get out of the water, but not for lack of trying. Amaro unloaded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence at the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday, and reportedly tried hard to move a few others, including Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton, and Juan Pierre. Trading away two-thirds of the starting outfield effectively extinguished whatever false hope might have still flickered for the 2012 season and steered the team firmly into a full-scale transition period.
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June 25, 2012
Stand Pat. That was the unflattering nickname attached to Pat Gillick at one point during his tenure as general manager with the Toronto Blue Jays. Stand Pat had some terrific teams in Toronto. The Blue Jays won 86 games or more from 1983 through 1990, collecting a couple of American League East titles along the way. Gillick, after joining the Blue Jays when they entered the American League as an expansion team in 1977, built a tremendous farm system with the help of a sensational team of scouts.
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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?
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