Phils Set To Wade Into The Pat Gillick Era

Their search for a new General Manager started slowly, but picked up the pace over the last few days. After one round of interviews, it looks like the Phillies will name Pat Gillick as their new GM at a press conference on Wednesday.

To say he brings experience and a winning track record is an understatement. Pat Gillick has produced winning teams every place that he's gone, including putting together a Mariners team that won a record 116 games in 2001.

In his first GM stint in Toronto, Gillick produced two World Championship teams in '92 and '93. The 1993 team beat the Phillies in the World Series. Gillick then went on to Baltimore and produced two teams that were American League runner-ups. From there, he went on to his stint with the Mariners and took two more teams to the ALCS, but was unable to get a third World Series ring.

Most recently, Gillick has served as an adviser to the Seattle Mariners. He insists that he hasn't lost his fire or competitive spirit for the game of baseball and remarked that he thought the Phillies were a great opportunity. "I think the Phillies are in a good situation," said Gillick after interviewing last Friday.

The Phillies were thought to be looking for a baseball veteran who could serve as somewhat of a mentor to Assistant GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. who is looked at as the Phillies GM of the future. They passed on Gerry Hunsicker, another veteran who was credited with largely building the Astros team that went to the World Series this past season. They also passed on internal candidates Amaro and Mike Arbuckle, who interviewed for the job, but were never considered strong contenders. Chris Antonetti, the Assistant GM of the Indians interviewed with the Phillies on Monday, but was also not considered a top candidate.

The Phillies haven't officially called a press conference for Wednesday, but it's thought that Gillick will be introduced to the media at some point during the day.

Gillick's hiring could clear the way for Hunsicker, who reportedly was hoping to get the Phillies' job, to take another job with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Taking Gillick off the market could also open a spot for now former Boston GM Theo Epstein to step into the Dodgers' front office as their General Manager. Epstein has told friends that he may consider a year off from baseball and that he could possibly leave the game for good.

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