Posts Tagged ‘John Middleton’

Following The 40: Prime Directives

November 6th, 2015 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Following The 40: Prime Directives | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies

Team President Andy MacPhail, General Manager Matt Klentak, and John Middleton

As expected, the Phillies selected the successor to Ruben Amaro Jr.’s throne. It really seemed like a formality that Team President Andy MacPhail would choose Matt Klentak based off of previous work experience in Baltimore where he served as Director of Baseball Operations. During his introductory statement, Klentak laid forth a set of prime directives that the Phillies would abide by under his watch.

  • Discipline
  • Connectivity
  • Information
  • Culture
  • Winning

Just reading his quotes as to how he will lead this team going forward gives me a sense of hope. Granted a potentially strong base of prospects relatively close to the majors backed by an ownership group with rather deep pockets doesn’t hurt, but talking about discipline, which wasn’t one of his predecessor’s finest qualities, should also let the fans know not to expect the huge splash….yet. What Amaro never learned in his time as General Manager was a lesson he could have learned from Taylor Swift (yes that Taylor Swift). That band aids don’t fix bullet holes. Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence were both reactionary moves that set the franchise back. Both were meant to cover mistakes in getting rid of Cliff Lee and Jayson Werth, but the cost was detrimental in long-term decisions.

Connectivity and Information will work hand in hand as the team re-evaluates how the team is built going forward. The concept of synergy was not a point of strength since Pat Gillick rode off into the sunset, World Series trophy in hand. In fact, it really seemed like one hand didn’t know what the other hand was doing the majority of the time. I’m excited to see what this franchise can become with an analytic weaponry and the payroll to back it up.

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Holding Out Hope

September 29th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Holding Out Hope | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

With the 2014 season finally behind us, the off-season officially can begin. Or can it? I for one am holding onto that last shred of hope that GM Ruben Amaro is let go. While many teams have already started the process of removing people from power, I believe it to be possible that the Phillies are trying to avoid any tampering allegations by not speaking publicly to potential replacements that may be a part of teams heading to the post season. Personally, I hope this is the case.

I believe two men in front offices of playoff bound teams would be good fits. Mike Girsch of the St. Louis Cardinals and David Forst of the Oakland Athletics. Both men have had good mentors to help perfect the art of financial responsibility. Forst, 37, is in his 15th season with the A’s and 11th as assistant general manager. He played four seasons at Harvard where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Forst has studied under Mr. Moneyball himself, Billy Beane. Girsch, however, has studied under John Mozeliak for the last few years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was also the director of the analytical based Baseball Development department for three years before becoming assistant GM.

While either man would be an acceptable choice in my eyes, it does seem like Amaro’s job is safe. It’s finally becoming apparent that Pat Gillick was put in place to avoid someone who possibly would dismiss Amaro. Why wouldn’t another member of the ownership group have taken over as president on an interim basis. John Middleton would’ve been an excellent choice. He’s a successful business person who can make big decisions. He was also the most vocal about his disappointment after losing to the Yankees in the 2009 World Series.

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