Dave Hollins

Phils Cut Ties With Five Talent Evaluators

It’s no surprise that the Phillies will lose $100-million or more as a result of the COVID affected 2020 season. With that type of loss on the books, it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the team is cutting corners wherever possible and one of those corners came in the scouting department where four pro scouts and a special assistant were let go today.

Two of the names are well-known to Phillies fans. Pete Mackanin and Dave Hollins were both let go in the cuts. Mackanin had been a player, a coach, a manager and most recently as an assistant to the general manager. With GM Matt Klentak being let go, cutting one of his assistants was almost a no-brainer. Hollins came to the Phillies as a Rule 5 pick and was the starting third baseman on the 1993 Phillies who were National League Champions. He later moved to first base and was traded to Boston for outfielder Mark Whiten and then was dealt to Minnesota in the deal that brought David Ortiz to the Red Sox. Hollins had a second stint with Philadelphia in 2002 as a utility player and then retired following one season back in town. Hollins again came back to Philadelphia as a scout in 2011.

The other scouts were lesser known to fans but two had local ties. Howie Freiling and Jesse Levis were both graduates of Northeast High. Freiling joined the organization in 2008 and Levis came to the Phillies in 2011. Another pro scout, Jeff Harris was also let go.

It’s possible that other cuts will be made prior to the start of the 2021 season.


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