Phillies likely to name their GM on Monday

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports on the Phillies’ general manager search.

As far as the candidates, not much is new. Salisbury says “the most consistent names mentioned by baseball insiders” are Matt Klentak of the Los Angeles Angels and J.J. Picollo of the Royals. The timing is what he focuses on, however, reminding us that MLB does not like teams to break news during the World Series but is OK with it on off-days. Against that backdrop and the Phillies’ organization meetings beginning next week, Salisbury suspects that the announcement could come on Monday, the day off before the World Series.

What he doesn’t say, and what seems increasingly clear across baseball, is that the identity of the GM is nowhere near as important as the identity of the top baseball operations person which, in the Phillies’ case, is Andy MacPhail. It’s enough to make one wonder when the press will stop reporting on GM hires like they used to and, rather, treat them like any other assistant front office position, relegated to bullet points at the end of notes columns.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”