By Sam Bush
It is great news that Phillies owner John Middleton was able to persuade Dave Dombrowski, who has won two World Series titles and got a third team to the Classic, to come to Philly.
It is almost greater news that means Andy MacPhail, who has run the Phillies into the ground as president for the last five years, is gone.
Here’s what Matt Gelb, in his combined reaction story with Jayson Stark for the Athletic:.
The Phillies, according to sources, have made it clear to Dombrowski that they do not view this as a quick fix. Instead, they’ll be asking Dombrowski to first examine everything that went wrong over the last five years and, in some cases, undo much of what the previous regime installed. The fact that it had to come to this is an indictment of the previous regime, but a self-evaluation by the team’s ownership unearthed some difficult truths. Dombrowski brings credibility and the Phillies need that more than anything.