Phillies have a lot of casual chores to do if they’re going to break The second longest post-season drought in majors Next season.
The first part of the job is deciding who will manage the effort.
Eleven months ago, General Manager Matt Klintak heated his seat when he said, “No questions, now is the time to win.” Velez 2020, despite the club’s salary record and 8 generous post-season teams, has not. They finished four matches under 0.500 and haven’t had a winning season in five years for Clintac.
Clintac created the analytics division the property wanted, but failed to fulfill his inaugural promise to build an institution “through waves of merchandising”.
So, will he be tasked with rebuilding one of the worst ox barns in baseball history this winter?
Will he be tasked with leading the effort to re-signature JT Realmuto free-form catcher?
Will he be tasked with filling a gap at shortstop (Didi Gregory is also a free agent) and strengthening an overall serious weakness in the middle with Realmuto and Gregorius leaving and the uncertainty of second base and in the middle of the field?
It is not clear when we will know the answers to these questions. Clinton’s fate rests with managing partner John Middleton, a detail-driven methodical decision maker. Witness last October when he spent 10 days gathering information in a deliberation process that ultimately led to Clintac downing and sacking manager Gabe Kapler.
Major League Baseball is not promoting major announcements during the post-season period, which begins on Tuesday and runs for a month. This makes Monday – today – a great day. The Los Angeles Angels have already announced the dismissal of General Motors, Billy Ebler, after five seasons of defeat.
Middleton was unavailable for comment on Monday, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t operating in the position. He has made it clear previously that he would not be happy if this club did not play the qualifiers and would likely spend the Monday asking insightful questions.
Clientack He refused to discuss his performance or the future Last week but indicated he would do so after the season. It is not clear when that time will come. General managers usually hold a press conference at the end of the season, but uncertainty about Clintac’s status could affect the timing of this.
Clintac still has two more years on his contract and that could work in his favor. The property was recorded saying Phillies will lose more than $ 100 million due to the pandemic this year. The club promised to keep all of its employees full time until October, but takeover packages and the possibility of layoffs were introduced. Will the club be willing to let Clintac leave, pay him for two years and add a new general manager with a high salary in these tough economic times?
Only Middleton can answer these questions, and he should do so sometime soon because Clintac’s position, either way, is a major problem as the team embarks on an off-season mission.
Two prominent members of the Phillies organization were asked about Klentak’s future after a disappointing season finale in Florida on Sunday.
“I’m not an owner,” said Price Harper. “I’m glad I don’t have to make these decisions.”
Joe Girardi, who finished his debut season as manager, offered more.
“I love working with Matt,” said Girardi. “It has been a really pleasure working with him, so I look forward to working with him next year and it’s inappropriate in trying to fix this thing. He works just as hard as the rest of us.”
Girardi, who lives in Florida in the off-season, planned to be in Philadelphia this week to spend the season and help build an off-season plan.
Who will implement that plan?