PHILLIES HIRE ANDY MACPHAIL TO SUCCEED PAT GILLICK AS PRESIDENT
The Phillies announced today the hiring of Andy MacPhail to succeed Pat Gillick as president of the club following Gillick’s retirement shortly after the season ends. As president, MacPhail will oversee the entire organization, both its business and baseball operations. For the remainder of the season, MacPhail will serve as a special assistant to Gillick during which time he will work closely with Gillick and chief operating officer Michael Stiles to become acclimated with the club’s operations and its personnel.
MacPhail, 62, most recently served as president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-2011. During this time, he was responsible for all aspects of major league, minor league and scouting operations for the club. Prior to joining the Orioles, MacPhail spent 12 years with the Chicago Cubs as president and CEO (1994-2006), including 18 months as general manager. During his tenure in Chicago, the team reached the postseason twice. As general manager of the Minnesota Twins, MacPhail led the team to two World Series titles.
“Andy brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking,” said John Middleton, a Phillies principal owner. “Old school because he has been building winning teams for over three decades. In 1986, Andy was the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when he served in that role for the Twins. The following year, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series title. When the Orioles hired him eight years ago, Andy became the first president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball. During his tenure in Baltimore, he greatly expanded the use of statistical analysis in player evaluations. That’s the new age thinking. These qualities, combined with his positive leadership style, make him the ideal candidate to lead the Phillies organization.”
“I am very pleased to join the Phillies. I look forward to helping this organization bring championship caliber baseball back to Philadelphia. That is what the City and its terrific fans deserve,” said MacPhail.
Aside from his roles with the aforementioned clubs, MacPhail served on MLB’s negotiating committees during the 2002 and 2006 seasons, helping to work out new collective bargaining agreements with the MLB Players Association. Those were the first two agreements reached without a work stoppage in more than 30 years of labor negotiations between MLB and the players’ union.
MacPhail’s grandfather, Larry, and his father, Lee, both of whom had extensive successful careers as baseball executives, were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.