By Sam Bush
Trying times require leaders who can step up and lead, especially during the coronavirus crisis.
And then there’s Phils general manager Matt Klentak:
“We understand every player and circumstance is different and we urged them to make decisions in their own personal best interest,
“At this stage, it appears quite a few will stay in Clearwater for an undefined period of time. Some may stay a short period of time then leave while others may stay longer. It’s a fluid situation. We also have quite a few who have opted to return to their families, and the staff is similarly split; some staying and some leaving.”
“Again, players have the ability to choose whether they want to be in Clearwater,” Klentak said. “Nothing is formal, but we’ll keep our doors open to those who want to be here. We have taken the position that full candor and honesty is the best course and all of them should make the decision that is best for them. I’ll add — we have been incredibly impressed with the way our players and staff have handled the uncertainty. Everyone has been understanding and professional in their handling of this and we’re very proud of that.”