Phillies President on Amaro: ‘He Didn’t Get Dumb All of a Sudden’
You may be able to wait past 2017 or 2018 to reorder your Phillies season tickets.
In an interview with reporters yesterday, Phillies president Pat Gillick spoke on a number of pressing issues and admitted that the rebuild may "take a little longer" than the previous three or four year timeline he placed on it.
The Phillies have had an awful start to the season with the worst record in baseball at 24-47, with only seven of those wins on the road.
Still, Gillick remains in charge for the time being and it doesn't look like any drastic changes---the firings of Ruben Amaro and Ryne Sandberg will be coming as long as he's in charge. That task(s) may be up to incoming president Andy MacPhail, when and if he takes over as new president may be imminent a this point. Gillick did not "confirm anything" when asked about the reports of MacPhail being hired as new team president.
He also didn't give in to any questions surrounding Amaro and the job he's done since taking over for Gillick as the team's general manager in 2009. He had nothing but praise for Amaro and the job he's done up to this point:
“People forget that he was the general manager in 2009, 2010 and 2011,” Gillick said about Amaro. “He went to the World Series in 2009, and had the best record in baseball in 2011. He had to make some right decisions in those years. And we were together before that. There’s a history. I know the fans and media don’t worry about what happened in the past. But he didn’t get dumb all of a sudden.”
Gillick was obviously wearing his red-colored sun glasses when speaking on this subject at the time and conveniently forgetting that the Phillies are poised to go from over 100 wins to over 100 losses in just 5 years time.
Gillick was also asked about Sandberg and refused to "grade" the job he's done based on the 24 wins and 47 losses the team currently has:
“Well,” Gillick said, “as I said before the season, we knew what a challenge we would have on wins and losses. If you want to judge a guy on wins and losses then no, he hasn’t done a good job. If you want to judge the way he’s conducted the club, the way he’s kept them battling in games, that indicates to me that he’s keeping these guys in a positive frame of mind and that’s the most important thing.”
The team has battled from time to time, but 19-3, 12-4 and 10-1 recent drubbings contradict those statements. There is also the case of Chase Utley and Ken Giles both of whom visibly showing their displeasure with the coaching staff and their managerial decisions.
With the MLB trade deadline about six weeks away, the Phillies will be entering their most crucial time of this rebuild when they look to trade away their only asset in Cole Hamels. Whether Gillick and Amaro remain in charge after that, only time will tell as both can be labeled as "lame ducks."