The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies compete in MLB as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. In the franchise's history, the owners and ownership syndicates of the team have employed 11 general managers (GMs) and appointed 15 team presidents. The GM controls player transactions, hiring and firing of the coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts.[1] The team president is the representative for the owner or the ownership group within the front office and is responsible for overseeing the team's staff, minor league farm system, and scouting.[2]

The longest-tenured general manager is Paul Owens, with 11 years of service to the team in that role, from 1972 to 1983.[3] Owens also served as the team manager in 1972, and from 1983 to 1984.[4] After this time, he served as a team executive until 2003, and was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame in recognition of his services.[5] The longest-tenured owner is Bob Carpenter, Jr., who was the team's primary shareholder from 1943 to 1972. He appointed the team's first general manager, Herb Pennock, during his tenure. In combination with his son, Ruly, the Carpenter family owned the Phillies for nearly 50 years (until 1981) until it was sold to Bill Giles, son of former league president Warren Giles. The Phillies are currently overseen by team president, Andy MacPhail.[6]

Presidents and owners

The Phillies have employed 15 team presidents since their founding in 1883, beginning with sporting goods salesman Al Reach. The longest-tenured president is Bob Carpenter, Jr., who oversaw the club for 30 years. Currently, the office of team president is held by David Dombrowski, who assumed the mantle in 2020. Ownership groups have often included the team president, but at other times, such as the tenure of Charles Phelps Taft, others were appointed to fill the president's role.

A black-and-white photo of a mustachioed man wearing a dark Victorian-style suit and tie and white shirt
Al Reach was the Phillies' first president.
William Baker, former president and owner from 1913 to 1930
All-time team presidents and owners
Name Position Tenure Ref
Alfred J. Reach President and owner 1883–1902 [7]
John I. Rogers Owner 1883–1902 [7]
James Potter President and owner 1903–1909 [8]
William J. Shettsline President 1905–1908 [8]
Israel W. Durham President and owner 1909 [9]
Charles P. Taft Owner 1909–1913 [8]
Horace S. Fogel President 1909–1912 [10]
Alfred D. Wiler Interim president 1912–1913 [10]
William H. Locke President and owner 1913 [11]
William F. Baker President and owner 1913–1930 [12]
Lewis C. Ruch President 1931–1932 [13]
Gerald P. Nugent President 1932–1943 [14]
William D. Cox President and owner 1943 [15]
Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr. President and owner 1943–1972 [16]
Robert R. M. Carpenter III President and owner 1972–1981 [17]
William Y. Giles President and owner 1981–1997 [18]
David P. Montgomery President and owner 1997–2014 [19]
L. Patrick D. Gillick President 2015 [20]
John S. Middleton Owner 2015–present [21]
Andrew B. MacPhail President 2016–2020 [22]
David Dombrowski President of Baseball Operations 2020-present [23]

General managers

Key to symbols in tables below
Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum[24]
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Member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame

The Phillies' first GM was Herb Pennock, selected by owner Bob Carpenter, Jr. to oversee the team when he went into the army; before this time, GM duties were handled primarily by the team owner, and this would continue after Pennock's tenure when a GM was not present. On September 10, 2015, the Phillies announced they would not extend GM Rubén Amaro, Jr.'s contract. Amaro had led the team since 2008.[25]

Pat Gillick was the tenth GM and sixth president in franchise history who led the Phillies to the World Championship in 2008.
All-time general managers
Name Tenure Ref
Herbert J. Pennock 1944–1948 [26]
Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr.[a] 1950–1953 [3]
H. Roy Hamey 1954–1958 [27]
John J. Quinn 1959–1972 [28]
Paul F. Owens§ 1972–1983 [29]
William Y. Giles[b] 1984–1987 [3]
William F. Woodward 1987–1988 [30]
J. Leroy Thomas 1988–1997 [31]
Ed Wade 1998–2005 [32]
L. Patrick D. Gillick 2006–2008
Rubén Amaro, Jr. 2008–2015 [33]
Matthew Klentak 2015–2020 [6]
Sam Fuld 2020-present [34]

Footnotes

See also

Other executives
Related lists

References

General
Inline citations
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