Sielski: Klentak Has Appreciation For Things You Can’t Coach
Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak is in his 2nd full season overseeing the Phillies rebuild. He has spent four years previous as Angels Assistant General Manager and before that was Director of Baseball Operations for the Orioles. He has been included among those who are considered part of the New Age of Baseball GM's who use Analytics and Sabermetrics to make personnel decisions.
Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Columnist Mike Sielski joined The Sports Bash on Tuesday and gave his perspective on the job Klentak has done so far with the Phillies by comparing him to former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie:
"(Klentak is) Hinkie-like in that he has given himself a lot of options, it doesn't mean everything is going to work out but the goal is to kind of mitigate the damage if Aaron Nola, for instance, blows out his elbow or doesn't pitch well. And then in terms of being a little more traditional he does look at the intangible a little but more than (Sam Hinkie would); (Klentak) was a baseball player at Dartmouth, he was a Division 1 Player so he has an appreciation and sense for the things you can't coach and can't teach and maybe go unseen on a day to day basis. And I think that is something he brings to the table as well."
Hear what Sielski had say about Phillies rebuild and the team's standing in comparison to other teams in Philadelphia