After it was reported yesterday that the Phillies would make a decision on their new general manager by Monday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the team will hire Angels assistant general manager Matt Klentak. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirms the report.
The match makes sense. The 35-year-old Klentak has been with the Angels since November of 2011, but he previously worked with the Orioles from 2008-2011 and served as director of baseball operations under now-Phillies president Andy MacPhail. Their history ultimately gave Klentak the edge over the other candidates.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Athletics assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz and Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom were the other finalists for the job.
Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has been charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident in Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to the sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole just before 6PM on March 18. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation. Helton told deputies that he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. There was a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Helton’s lawyer says that Helton has entered a treatment program. This was his second DUI arrest in the past six years. He was arrested in Colorado in 2013 while on the disabled list during his final season playing for the Colorado Rockies. He retired that year.
Helton, a five-time All-Star, played for the Rockies from 1997 through 2013, winning three Gold Gloves and collecting 2,519 hits and 369 homers. In 2000 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, total bases and hits.