For those hoping that the ascension of former GM Pat Gillick to the role of temporary CEO and team president would result in a drastic shift in the framework of the Phillies organization, the architect of the 2008 World Series Champs has some bad news for you.
Gillick is here. Said Amaro and Sandberg are “absolutely” safe. He will have final say on baseball decisions.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 2, 2014
Even though it appears that Gillick’s role will be much more than a ‘placeholder’ for David Montgomery as he continues his medical leave, do not expect him to deliver the sort of franchise-altering changes at the top that some may have hoped for. The team has just 25 games remaining and sit in last place in the National League East. Despite the club playing perhaps it’s best consistent ball of the season recently, there does not appear to be any level of sustainability as far as competing for a World Series in the near future.
Gillick did shed some light on what he imagines his working relationship with Amaro Jr. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer was on site for the team’s game in Atlanta where Gillick explained how his operation will run alongside his general manager.
“Ruben and I mutually agree on most decisions that we make,” Gillick said. “Ruben is very inclusive on any decisions that we make for the ballclub. 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.
“I would say if it comes down to the end, I have part of the final say. At this moment, I think ownership has a part of the say, too.”