The Philiadelphia Phillies will defend their 2008 World Series title by returning to the Fall Classic again this October – and Pat Gilick’s fingerprints are all over that team.
The former Mariners general manager, who won rings as the GM in Toronto and Philadelphia, is a consultant for the Phils now. Look at their roster, their scouting department and front office, however, and this remains as much Gillick’s team as that of GM Ruben Amaro.
That’s the long-term impact a good GM can have, and during Gillick’s run here he made the Mariners into a formidible team – culminating with that 116-win 2001 season.
He never won a ring, but he put the Mariners in position to challenge for one regularly. It would be a lovely reward, seeing Gillick get another of those championship rings this year.
No one in baseball had more style than Gillick, a class act the game misses. Here’s hoping Raul Ibanez, Jamie Moyer, Greg Dobbs, Miguel Cairo – and minor league executive Benny Looper – all get to share those rings with Pat.