Matt Klentak has stepped down as Phillies general manager.
Klentak led the team’s baseball operation for five seasons. Not one of those seasons ended with a winning record.
The announcement comes six days after the Phillies finished four games under .500 in a pandemic-shortened, 60-game season and blew a potential playoff spot during the final week of the season.
Klentak had put himself on the hot seat 11 months earlier when he said, “No questions, it’s time to win now.”
“I have stated publicly that winning is what matters, not just in Philadelphia but in all cities and in all sports,” Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton said in a statement Saturday. “While Matt made many significant contributions to the organization, we did not accomplish our goal of playing baseball in October. Consequently, we have mutually agreed to allow new leadership to head Baseball Operations.”
Klentak will be reassigned to another position in the Phillies organization.
The 2020 club entered the year with high expectations and a star-studded roster after spending over $700 million on free agents the last three winters.
It was widely believed that the Phillies needed to make the postseason this year to save Klentak’s job. In that regard, it was good news for Klentak when Major League Baseball expanded its postseason field from 10 to 16 teams, eight in each league, to help owners recoup revenues lost during the pandemic.
Even an expanded playoff field couldn’t save Klentak.