Gillick at the 2008 Phillies World Series parade.
August 22, 1937 |
As general manager
Career highlights and awards
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Lawrence Patrick David Gillick (born August 22, 1937) is an American professional baseball executive, currently serving as the President of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He was the General Manager of four Major League Baseball (MLB) teams: the Toronto Blue Jays (1978–94), Baltimore Orioles (1996–98), Seattle Mariners (2000–03), and Phillies (2006–08). He guided the Blue Jays to World Series championships in 1992 and 1993, and later with the Phillies in 2008.
Earlier in his life, Gillick was involved in Boy Scouts as well as playing baseball. He won a national championship in college while playing for the University of Southern California (USC). Gillick was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2011, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Gillick was born to former minor league baseball player Larry Gillick in Chico, California. In 1951, he earned his Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. He continued to stay involved in Scouting and received the Order of the Arrow's Vigil Honor mere months after winning the College World Series at USC. After graduating from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, Pat hitchhiked to Vulcan, Alberta to toil as a kid pitcher with the semi-pro Vulcan Elks of the Foothills-Wheatbelt League. Pat had to wire his grandmother for 25 dollars to finance his last leg from Montana to Vulcan. He attended USC and joined the Delta Chi Fraternity. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in business. He was also a gifted pitcher, playing on the 1958 National Title baseball team at USC and spending five years in the minor league systems of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates, venturing as high as Triple-A. A left-hander, Gillick posted a win/loss record of 45–32 with an earned run average of 3.42 in 164 minor league games.
Front office career
Gillick retired from playing and began a front-office career in 1963, when he became the assistant farm director with the Houston Astros. He would eventually work his way up to the position of Director of Scouting before moving to the New York Yankees system in 1974, as a Coordinator of Player Development. In 1976, he moved again, this time to the expansion Toronto Blue Jays, becoming their Vice President of Player Personnel, and in 1977, their Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. In 1984, he was named Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.
As Toronto's general manager, Gillick won five division titles (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993) and led the club to their first World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Shortly after Gillick resigned in 1994, the Blue Jays went into decline, not finishing higher than third place until the 2006 season.
In 1995, Gillick was named the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles to replace Roland Hemond, who had resigned. He cited the fact that they were close to winning a championship as a factor to his decision to come out of retirement. He guided the Orioles to the playoffs in 1996 and 1997. He resigned at the conclusion of his three-year contract in 1998. The Orioles struggled shortly after his departure, failing to achieve a winning season until 2012.
Gillick then became the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, who had parlayed their incredible 1995 playoff run into a new ballpark and the financial resources to become a perennial contender. Upon his hiring, the responsibility fell on Gillick to trade Ken Griffey, Jr. to Cincinnati after Griffey played out his final season in Seattle. The Mariners made back-to-back playoff appearances for the only time in franchise history in 2000 and 2001, and the 2001 team, with a 116–46 record, tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the all-time Major League Baseball record for most wins in a single season. However, the Mariners failed to make it past the American League Championship Series in either year, and did not make the playoffs for the rest of Gillick's tenure as GM and advisor.
Like the Blue Jays, the Mariners have also not reached the playoffs since his departure as GM.
Gillick was inducted into the Toronto Blue Jays "Level of Excellence" on August 8, 2002.
On November 2, 2005, Gillick was named the Philadelphia Phillies' general manager. Gillick's first big move in Philadelphia was to trade Jim Thome and cash to the Chicago White Sox for Aaron Rowand and prospects Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood. The move cleared way for the Phillies' Rookie of the Year Ryan Howard to become the permanent starter. Howard would be named NL MVP that year.
Gillick had permanent residence in Toronto with his wife Doris, but they have since re-located to Seattle after he became the Phillies GM. He became a Canadian citizen in 2004.
Gillick retired from his position as general manager after leading the Phillies to a World Series championship in 2008. Assistant general manager Rubén Amaro, Jr. was named his successor. Gillick remained in the organization as a senior advisor to Amaro and Phillies president David Montgomery. In August 2014, Gillick became interim president of the Phillies while Montgomery was on medical leave. In January 2015, Montgomery returned but became Phillies chairman, while Gillick assumed the club presidency on a permanent basis.
Honors and awards
- In 1993, Sporting News awarded its Sportsman of the Year honor to Gillick and Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston.
- In 1997, Gillick was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
- In 2008, baseball fans nationwide voted him the MLB "This Year in Baseball Awards" Executive of the Year.
- Also in 2008, he was named "King of Baseball", a ceremonial title awarded by Minor League Baseball to one person each year in recognition of longtime dedication and service to professional baseball.
- In December 2009, Sports Illustrated named him as number 7 on its list of the Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade (in all sports).
- On December 6, 2010, Gillick was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the new Expansion Era Committee which considers Expansion Era candidates identified from the Expansion Era, 1973 to present. He was the fourth general manager ever enshrined. He was formally inducted on July 24, 2011 with former major league players, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven.
- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: "Pat Gillick Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by Expansion Era Committee", December 6, 2010  Retrieved June 24, 2012
- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: "Pat Gillick Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by Expansion Era Committee", December 6, 2010  Retrieved June 24, 2013
- "Pat Gillick". http://oshof.ca/. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Orioles hire Pat Gillick". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 28 November 1995. p. 3C. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- Ginsburg, David (28 November 1995). "Gillick accepts GM job with O's". Ocala Star-Banner (Ocala, Florida). Associated Press. p. 3D. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- "Gillick is out as Orioles' GM". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 21 September 1998. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- "Orioles Timeline". orioles.com: History. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- Rake, Jake (December 6, 2008). "Pat Gillick Rules". Rake Blog. Wordpress.com.
- Sullivan, Stephen. "A Profile of Baseball Hall of Famer Pat Gillick". Yahoo! Voices. Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- Zolecki, Todd (2015-01-28). "Montgomery Returns to Phillies as Chairman". MLB.com. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
- Go to 2008 This Year in Baseball Awards and click on "Exec" for results and video. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
- The list's only other MLB GMs were Boston's Theo Epstein (No. 3) and Oakland's Billy Beane (No. 10). Friedman, Dick (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 GMs/Executives". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: Eras: Expansion, "Rules For Election For Managers, Umpires, Executives, And Players For Expansion Era Candidates To The National Baseball Hall of Fame  Retrieved June 24, 2013
- Bloom, Barry M. "Gillick newest member of Hall of Fame". MLB.com: News. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Alumni report from USC
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