By Sam Bush
If you liked the movie “Moneyball,” in which Oakland A’s general manager Brad Pitt hires a boy wonder analytics type as an assistant GM:
You will love the Phillies new kiddie korps’ front office!
The Phillies’ 34-year-old general manager Matt Klentak yesterday hired Orioles director of major league administration Ned Rice, 33, (above) as assistant general manager and former intern Lewis Pollis, 23, as a full-time analyst in baseball research and development.
Former team president Pat Gillick will resume his role as senior advisor to the president and general manager.
Meanwhile, the Phillies shifted Benny Looper to senior advisor, international operations; and promoted Scott Freedman to director, baseball operations.
Rice spent 11 years with the Orioles, assisting in roster management, player contracts and negotiations, transactions, salary arbitration and rules compliance. During his time in Baltimore, he overlapped with Phillies president Andy MacPhail and with Klentak.
Gillick, 78, is entering his 11th full season with the Phillies. This will be the Hall of Famer’s 59th season in professional baseball.
Looper, 67, joined the Phillies in November 2008 and spent the past seven years as assistant general manager, player personnel, overseeing scouting and player development.
Freedman, 32, came to the Phillies in October 2013 as manager, baseball analytics, after previously working in the labor relations department of the Office of the Commissioner since ’07.
Pollis spent the ’15 season as an analytics intern with the Phils. He previously interned in the Reds’ and Indians’ baseball-operations departments.