Pat Gillick Next Phillies GM

Pat Gillick Next Phillies GM

I don't like the fact that the Phillies are going with a 68 year old to come in and temporarily hold the GM position until they will likely hand over the reigns to Ruben Amaro Jr. in a few years.  As Balls, Sticks, & Stuff noted Monty isn't interested in Rocking the boat.  I think the Phillies needed to do some rocking.  I realized the odds of Monty and company bringing in a young gun like Theo Epstein was minimal.  It sure would have been exciting though.

To me Pat Gillick is a This Old House type of guy in a time when the Phillies may have needed an Extreme Home Makeover.

I'll give Gillick a chance, but I'm not very excited about it.  The Phillies problems may not lie with the GM, it may lie in Monty.

-Profile on Gillick.[Beerleaguer]
-Profile on Gillick [Phillies Nation]
-Gillick to be named Phillies GM [Inky]
-Tom Goodman jinxed us [Swing and Miss]

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.