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Andy MacPhail officially stepped into his role as President of the Philadelphia Phillies

Andy MacPhail has finished his president-elect duties of observing the Phillies day-to-day operations and has officially stepped into his role as the team president.

This past June, Andy MacPhail joined the Phillies organization, officially as a special assistant to then president Pat Gillick. The plan all along was for MacPhail to observe the inner workings of the club and assume Gillick's position at some point following the season. That point came today, when the Phillies issued a statement announcing that MacPhail was now the new team president. Gillick, who actually owns a small percentage of the team, will also serve as a front office advisor.

While the title becomes official today, MacPhail has already been making his presence known. It was MacPhail who announced that GM Ruben Amaro Jr. wouldn't have his contract renewed at the end of the season and it's been MacPhail exclusively, who has been interviewing candidates to replace Amaro. It was also MacPhail who lifted the interim tag from manager Pete Mackanin.

As for the GM hunt, MacPhail hopes to have a new GM in place for the organizational meetings which begin October 26 in Clearwater, but has stated that might be a little ambitious of a timetable. The annual GM meetings are the second week of November, which would present a more likely scenario. MacPhail has interviewed Matt Slater, the St. Louis Cardinals director of player personnel, Kim Ng, senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, Ross Atkins, vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Indians and Larry Beinfest, former president and GM of the Marlins.

MacPhail has previously served as a team president with the Chicago Cubs and has also served as the president of baseball operations with the Baltimore Orioles and the general manager of the Minnesota Twins.

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