If Leafs call, Pat will listen

DEAN MCNULTY, SUN MEDIA

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Three-time Major League Baseball World Series winning general manager Pat Gillick hinted yesterday that if he was offered the Maple Leafs' top hockey job, he would give it some serious thought.

Gillick was in Toronto as part of the class of 2008 who were inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, but the subject quickly turned to what he wants next in his life after leading the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series crown in almost three decades.

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Gillick also guided the Blue Jays to their back-to-back titles in 1992-93.

The 71-year-old Gillick has had a home in Toronto until recently, when he moved his family to Seattle.

"I might be interested in something other than baseball," he said.

Gillick also has a prior business relationship with Gordon Kirke, the man who has teamed with interim Leafs boss Cliff Fletcher to find a new hockey chief for Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

Although he denied that he has been contacted about the job, Gillick left the door open to a move from MLB to the NHL.

"I probably would be interested in doing something like that, you know, something different," he said. "It could be hockey."

Gillick has been mentioned as a possible replacement for outgoing Blue Jays CEO Paul Godfrey as well, but he put to rest any speculation that he might be interested in a second stint at Rogers Centre, mostly because of the scope of the job as it is presently constituted.

"If there was a situation where there was a president of marketing and that side of the business and then there was a president of baseball, yeah, then I might be interested," he said.

"But the overall job ... I don't think I'm qualified to do that."

The biggest hurdle to any move back to Toronto, however, is the fact he has made up his mind that Seattle is his destination of choice for the next chapter in his life.

"It would be difficult as I'm now situated on the West Coast," Gillick said. "I'm getting too old to handle that commute."

Besides, Gillick is convinced that his old pal Paul Beeston -- who will guide the club until a new CEO is hired -- will hang on to the job through next season and possibly longer.


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