Former Phillies GM Matt Klentak lands new deal with Milwaukee Brewers
Former Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak has joined the Milwaukee Brewers as a special assistant, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Matt Klentak was interviewed by Andy MacPhail at the conclusion of the 2015 Phillies season and was hired to the organization on October 26th, 2015. He spent five years with the organization, up until Dave Dombrowski (Head of Baseball Operations) and Sam Fuld (General Manager) took over after his resignation.
As Klentak stepped down from the General Manager position in 2020, he didn’t completely leave the clubhouse. He was reassigned to a “Strategy and Development Officer” for the 2021 season, where he served just one year in that role.
The Phillies never had a winning season under Klentak’s time in Philadelphia. Klentak’s tenure as the general manager finished with a 326-382 record, his best season coming in 2019, finishing with a record of 81-81.
Klentak was never loved in Philly, and rightfully so. The team had one of the highest payrolls in baseball in 2020, and finished just how they finished every other year under Klentak…average. He always seemed to be one step behind everyone else around the league, and the Phillies finally noticed that after the 2020 season.
Matt Klentak is heading to a Brewers team that finished the 2021 season with a 95-67 record. Although they fell in the NLDS in 2021, they have the Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes, a great pitching staff, and bats to build around. Klentak’s exact role in Milwaukee has not been announced yet.
If there’s one thing we can (sort of) thank Matt Klentak for, it’s bringing in our MVP and face of the franchise, Bryce Harper. So long, buddy. Good riddance.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer