Tuesday, October 11, 2005


What took so long?
Montgomery fired Wade as the Phillies' general manager eight days after the team finished one game behind the Houston Astros in the National League wild-card race.

The Phils never made the playoffs in Wade's eight seasons as GM, despite the growth of the payroll from $27 million to $96 million. Their overall record with Wade on the job was 643-652.

"This was a very difficult decision," Montgomery said. "I believe he's done a good job. We're a better club today than we were when he took over eight years ago. However, we set goals for ourselves. We haven't achieved those goals, and I think it's appropriate at this time that we find a new GM."

FPN prediction: Phillies will oust the Braves from 1st place in the NL East in '06.


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