Mar 5, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies president David Montgomery stands with former MLB players during a tribute to Jim Fregosi, Sr., before the Phillies play the Atlanta Braves at Brighthouse Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

David Montgomery To Take Medical Leave of Absence, Pat Gillick Assumes Responsibilities of CEO & President

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Thursday afternoon, the Phillies organization announced that President and CEO David Montgomery will be temporarily stepping down from his position as he recovers from jaw cancer surgery. Taking over during his recovery will be former general manager and senior adviser Pat Gillick.

 

 

Montgomery underwent surgery earlier this year after doctor’s discovered cancer in the jaw-bone area. It is no secret that the longtime president and CEO of the Phillies (Montgomery took over in 1997) is adored by his employees. Even up until Wednesday evening, when the team honored the Taney Dragons for their run in the Little League World Series, Montgomery was as active a figurehead of an organization as any in the city. Though opinions on his management have come under fire as the team has gone through a period of futility, no one has ever questioned Montgomery’s loyalty and ability to reach his employees on a different level.

Former general manager Pat Gillick steps in for the 68-year-old Montgomery for what one has to assume will be the remainder of the 2014 campaign. It is uncertain how long Montgomery will be out of commission or if there is any chance that Gillick may permanently take over as head of the organization at some point in the future. While there has been no shortage of complaints about the Phillies franchise recently, this is without a doubt an emotional blow to the team and the city considering what Montgomery has delivered in his time atop the organization. His health status and hopeful recovery makes complaining about the team seem petty at this time. Here’s to a speedy recovery for Montgomery and well wishes to his immediate family and the Phillies family as a whole.

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