Pat Gillick will be announced today as the new general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gillick has served as a consultant for the Seattle Mariners for the previous two seasons after four years as their general manager.
Gerry Hunsicker, former GM of the Houston Astros, and Gillick were the top contenders for the Phillies' job left vacant when president Dave Montgomery fired GM Ed Wade at the end of the 2005 season. Gillick had been interviewed Friday in Philadelphia and likely will sign a three-year contract.
The Phillies won what turned out to be a tug-of-war for Gillick's services. After hiring Paul DePodesta over Gillick less than two years ago, Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt admitted his mistake as he fired DePodesta on Friday.
The Dodgers obtained permission from the Mariners to interview Gillick and former L.A. manager Tommy Lasorda was lobbying Gillick to come to L.A. for an interview. Gillick is a native Californian and attended USC, so the Dodgers thought that the lure might be strong.
The former Jays GM has been a resident of Cabbagetown, along with his wife Doris, since his final season with the Jays after the 1995 season as a consultant. Gillick was GM of the Jays, while living in Mississauga, from 1977-1994, compiling 11 consecutive winning seasons. The Jays reached the post-season in 1985, 1989 and 1991 before winning the World Series in 1992-93.
So, since 1985, in his 17 seasons running the Jays, the Baltimore Orioles (1996-1998) and Seattle combined, his teams have reached the post-season eight times.
President Paul Beeston and Gillick were responsible for building an organization and developing a farm system which resulted in one winning season after another and the Jays drawing four million in attendance from 1991 to 1993.