Andy MacPhail expected to be named Phillies president soon

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Jon Heyman of CBS and Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly report that the Phillies are expected to announce the hiring of Andy MacPhail “soon” or “within a week or so.”

MacPhail was in charge of the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-11, the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006 and the Minnesota Twins from 1985-94. He won rings with the Twins, made the Cubs respectable and, though there was scant success while he was still in Baltimore, he did make some moves that turned things around for the franchise eventually, including stealing Adam Jones from Seattle and hiring Buck Showalter as his manager.

As our friend Bill Baer writes over at his day blog, Crashburn Alley, there is reason for Phillies fans to have hope with a MacPhail hire. Specifically, that it may end the era in which the Phillies appear to reject advanced analytics out of hand and, you know, join the 21st century.