On Gillick as advisor
The last time Gillick had an advisory role with the team, it was after he quit as GM to run the team from the shadows, handing Bavasi a list of things that were all but done or that he needed to be done, and the results stank. Bavasi eventually came out on top to be the in-name and in-fact GM, and the results stank, sure, but at least the team had direction.
I’ve been harping a lot on the lack of baseball sense of Armstrong/Lincoln and how that affects the team as a whole organization. And we’ve talked about the new GM hire. If Armstrong hires Gillick to be in the same kind of position, it’ll be bad all around.
I wonder if this possibility wasn’t a factor in other candidates declining to interview. Gillick’s planned departure from Philly’s been known for some time, and the possibility that they’d be a new GM for a team with Pat Gillick whispering in the ownership’s ear constantly and undermining their position might well have made the job far less attractive to them.
There’s just too large a potential for conflict. If they wanted to hire Gillick to be the GM again, they should have held off on the process and hired him. If they wanted him back in the front office, that’s the way to go. And I don’t think giving him Chuck’s job would be much better: with a president so highly experienced supervising anyone, the chance they’ll decide they could do the GM job better is quite high (see the Tigers a few years back).
And yet you can see how attractive this proposition would be for those at the top. With a new and untested GM, they’d love to have someone with Gillick’s success and knowledge around for oversight and reassurance.
Resist! Resist, Chuck! It’s a bad idea!