11/02/2005 11:06 AM ET
Phillies select Pat Gillick as their General Manager
Veteran baseball executive Pat Gillick, the architect of three different franchises that advanced to post-season play, has been named the Phillies' new Vice President and General Manager, President David Montgomery announced today.
Gillick signed a three-year contract. Financial terms were undisclosed. He becomes the eighth Phillies General Manager.
"Our goal in this search was to find the right person and I'm pleased to announce that Pat Gillick is our new General Manager," said Montgomery. "His record of success is outstanding and I believe that Pat is the right person to lead our baseball operations. I'm very excited that he has decided to join us and I look forward to working with him."
"I'm very honored to be a part of the Phillies, an outstanding franchise," said the 68-year-old Gillick. "We need to get over the hump and I look forward to that exciting challenge. I still have the passion and the competitive edge for the game and I think this is a very good situation."
When he was the GM in Toronto, the Blue Jays captured five American League East titles (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993) and won back-to-back World Series in 1992-93. On November 27, 1995, Gillick was named GM in Baltimore. The Orioles advanced to the ALCS in 1996 and 1997. On October 25, 1999, Gillick was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners reached the ALCS in both 2000 and 2001, tying a Major League record with 116 wins in the latter season.
For the past two years, he served as Special Consultant to the Executive Vice President/General Manager in Seattle.
Over the course of 24 years as a GM, Gillick's teams compiled a 2,010-1,773 record (.531). He was 1,352-1,297 in Toronto; 265-221 in Baltimore and 393-255 in Seattle.
Gillick started his professional career as a minor league pitcher in the Orioles' system in 1958. After five seasons as a minor leaguer and topping out at AAA ball, he began a front office career with the Houston Astros in 1963 as the Assistant Farm Director. He worked his way up to Regional Scouting Director and Director of Scouting with Houston before leaving to join the New York Yankees in 1974 as Coordinator of Player Development and Scouting.
Gillick was hired by the Blue Jays on August 16, 1976, as the Vice President of Player Personnel, just prior to their inaugural season. He was responsible for all baseball related activities including scouting, the farm system and the major league team. He was named VP of Baseball Operations for the Blue Jays on November 24, 1977, and Executive VP-Baseball on September 24, 1984.
A native of Chico, CA, Gillick graduated from the University of Southern California in 1958 at the age of 20 with a business degree. At USC, he was a member of the 1958 College World Series championship team.
Gillick will head the Phillies delegation at the annual General Managers' meetings in Palm Springs next week. He will be joined by assistant GMs Ruben Amaro, Jr., and Mike Arbuckle and Gordon Lakey, Director of Major League Scouting.