Montgomery: "We found the right person"

New General Manager Pat Gillick was introduced to the Philadelphia media Wednesday as the teams ninth GM. In his first move, he announced that Assistant GMs Ruben Amaro, Jr. and Mike Arbuckle and manager Charlie Manuel and his coaching staff will be staying on; at least for now.

Pat Gillick doesn't believe his nickname of "Stand Pat" was fair. But in his first move as Phillies GM, Gillick is "standing pat" and keeping the Phillies staff on board. "I'm not one to come in and make changes," said Gillick in announcing the status quo for Assistant General Managers Ruben Amaro, Jr. and Mike Arbuckle and Manager Charlie Manuel and his coaching staff.

Gillick admitted that one of the enticing things about the Phillies job is that they're close to being where they need to be. "I think the Phillies are further along (than other clubs with GM openings) at this point," said Gillick. It was thought that Gillick would be a front runner for the Dodgers' GM position, but he took himself out of the running for that job to focus on coming to Philadelphia.

Gillick has already started his work, speaking to free agent closer Billy Wagner by phone on Wednesday morning. "I talked to Billy this morning," admitted Gillick, who declined to discuss their talk any further.

Meanwhile, another major issue for the Phillies was also addressed by Gillick.

"I don't think it's unhealthy to have two players here with the type of ability they do. I'll let the manager figure that out," said Gillick in response to what he might do to clear up the logjam at first base between Jim Thome and Ryan Howard.


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