The end has come.
Phillies announce Matt Klentak has stepped down as General Manager. pic.twitter.com/YanLLDkhUP— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 3, 2020
The team’s putrid play over the past three Septembers helped with the decision, but the final nail in the coffin was missing the playoffs this season despite the number of participants growing by three. Assembling a bullpen that largely was the culprit to many of the losses that led to missing the playoffs fell at the feet of Klentak, despite his best efforts to shore up that area of weakness this trade season. However, the lack of minor league depth and development that could help reinforce the free agent and trade acquisitions he made for the team.
Tasked with carrying out the rebuild when he was hired in 2015, Klentak presided over some of the most disappointing seasons in the team’s recent history, constantly talking about a plan that never actually came to fruition. While the sentiment was there, Klentak could just not deliver even a single playoff appearance for owner John Middleton.
Now, he leaves the team with a ton of questions. Chief among them is what to do about J.T. Realmuto, arguably Klentak’s signature move of his Philadelphia tenure.
We’ll have more about this move and what the future holds in the coming days.