Ed Wade Gets Contract Extension From Phillies

The Phillies are riding high, leading the wild-card race and getting ready to open a new stadium next season. With all of that in place, the Phillies gave general manager Ed Wade a contract extension that will keep him in town at least through the 2005 season and perhaps, longer.

Ed Wade will now be on the job through the 2005 season with provisions for additional years to automatically vest as part of the extension that Wade signed with the Phillies Sunday.

"Ed has done an outstanding job since taking over as General Manager in 1998," said Montgomery. "We set out to improve our big league club and player development system. We believe we have made significant progress in both areas. Ed has played a major role in our progress. He has assembled an excellent staff led by Ruben Amaro Jr., Mike Arbuckle, Susan Ingersoll and Marti Wolever."

Wade was initially given the job as interim manager in December of 1997 and quickly took over on a permanent basis the following March when he was named Vice President and General Manager. Prior to taking over as GM, Wade was an Assistant to the General Manager (1989-95) and Assistant General Manager (1995-97) with the Phillies.

Wade began his baseball career in 1977 as an intern in the Phillies Public Relations Department. Later that year, he became a Public Relations Assistant for the Houston Astros and was promoted to Public Relations Director in July 1979. In 1981 Wade left Houston to become Public Relations Director for the Pittsburgh Pirates where he remained for five years before taking a position with Tal Smith Enterprises, a sports consulting company which specializes in representing baseball teams in salary arbitration, contract negotiations and other baseball-related matters. He returned to the Phillies on May 5, 1989.

Wade is a 1973 graduate of St. Rose High School in Carbondale, Pennsylvania and a 1977 graduate of Temple University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He was a self-proclaimed "below average outfielder" for the Temple Owls.

Last fall, Wade was elected to the Northeastern chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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