John Middleton, plurality ownership partner of the Philiadelphia Phillies, announced this afternoon the hiring of Andy MacPhail to succeed Pat Gillick as club President.
MacPhail will serve as Special Assistant to Gillick until the end of the 2015 season. He will use the time to observe the organization. Middleton said during the press conference that MacPhail’s primary focus will be on baseball operations.
MacPhail served as the general manager of the Minnesota Twins when they won the 1987 and 1991 World Series. He was president of the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006, helping them reach the postseason twice. He was president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-2011 when he made some of the trades that helped return the team to the postseason.
MacPhail noted that this was the first time the Phillies have gone outside the organization to fill an executive position in … oh, forever?