At the end of last season, GM Matt Klentak didn’t appear ready to fire Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. Unfortunately for both of them, Phillies majority owner John Middleton could find no reason to keep Kapler around and showed him the door. That led to the hiring of Joe Girardi as the Phillies manager. This year, Klentak apparently found only himself to blame and stepped down from his job as the general manager of the Phillies.
A release from the Phillies announced that Klentak had decided to step down and would be reassigned within the organization. The press release moved slightly away from the “stepping down” version to “he had little choice.”
“While Matt made many significant contributions to the organization, we did not accomplish our goal of playing baseball in October. Consequently, we have mutually agreed to allow new leadership to head Baseball Operations.”Phillies press release
For the immediate future, Ned Rice will serve as the team’s GM and Andy MacPhail will stay on as team president.
After finishing 80-82 in 2018 and reaching the .500 mark in 2019, the Phillies added Joe Girardi to the dugout and veterans like Zack Wheeler and Didi Gregorius to the roster and figured to be able to take the next step and reach the playoffs. When that didn’t happen rumors of exits by Klentak and MacPhail started to circulate.
Prior to joining the Phillies following the 2015 seasons, being hired away from the Angels where he had served as the team’s assistant general manager. He was previously a member of the Baltimore Orioles front office under MacPhail. In his five seasons calling the shots for the Phillies, Klentak posted a 326-382 record as the team’s GM.
There is no immediate timetable for the Phillies to hire a successor to Klentak.