PHILADELPHIA- WTXF - The Philadelphia Phillies on Monday introduced their new general manager- Matt Klentak, who was previously an assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Klentak, 35, is the youngest general manager in Phillies history. He was introduced at a press conference Monday at Citizen’s Bank Park.
Before his four years with the Angels, Klentak worked for the Baltimore Orioles, under new Phillies President Andy MacPhail. He also worked in Major League Baseball’s labor relations department, and participated in the negotiation of the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“In Matt we found an executive with the keen ability to understand cutting-edge baseball analytics, coupled with superior scouting, player development and leadership skills,” MacPhail said in a statement by the team.
“Additionally, his commitment and resolve to build the foundation for a championship-caliber team was evident every step of the way through the process. I trust Matt to lead the Phillies as we all rededicate ourselves to return championship baseball to Philadelphia.”
Klentak’s hiring represents a shift in the philosophy of the team, which has traditionally been less associated with cutting-edge analytics.
“I am honored to be named general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies,” Klentak said in the statement. “This franchise has a rich history, owners who are committed to winning every single day, and passionate and knowledgeable fans who support the team. They should know that they have my tireless commitment to winning a championship.”
Klentak was named throughout the season as a possible candidate to replace Ruben Amaro, Jr. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported over the weekend that he was the Phillies’ choice.