Phillies News: Sam Fuld To Be Named Phillies GM

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As announced by the Philadelphia Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, former MLB outfielder Sam Fuld is named the new general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. This is following the exit of former general manager Matt Klentak.

The former Stanford player was drafted in the tenth round of the 2004 MLB draft and would make his MLB debut in September of 2007. Fuld would play in the league for eight years before retiring in 2015; with stints with the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, and the Minnesota Twins. Particularly known for his defense, Fuld would finish his career with a .632 OPS.

Fuld began his time in Philadelphia as a major league player information coordinator in 2017. Since that point, he would rise to the position of Integrative Baseball Performance Director. A rising fresh face, he is respected by several people in the sport. In the previous offseason, he was considered for the manager position with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox chose to go with the more experienced manager and kept Alex Cora for the job. However, potentially going from runner up to the new Philadelphia Phillies general manager speaks to the respect and notoriety Fuld is receiving around the MLB.

Fuld would become just the second former player to become a first-time general manager. Chris Young was the first, as he was hired by the Texas Rangers earlier this month.

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