"In Matt we found an executive with the keen ability to understand cutting-edge baseball analytics, coupled with superior scouting, player development and leadership skills," said MacPhail. "Additionally, his commitment and resolve to build the foundation for a championship-caliber team was evident every step of the way through the process. I trust Matt to lead the Phillies as we all rededicate ourselves to return championship baseball to Philadelphia."
"Observing Andy execute his strategy to hire a new general manager in a relatively short period of time was very impressive," said Phillies Partner John Middleton. "He quickly identified a pool of excellent candidates and executed a rigorous process to winnow down the field decisively, thoughtfully and objectively. This is the type of leadership essential to returning the Phillies to greatness. I have no doubt that the collaborative effort of Andy and Matt will restore the Phillies to the glory years our fans deserve."
"I am honored to be named general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies," said Klentak. "This franchise has a rich history, owners who are committed to winning every single day, and passionate and knowledgeable fans who support the team. They should know that they have my tireless commitment to winning a championship."
Prior to his time with the Orioles, Klentak spent four years working in Major League Baseball's Labor Relations Department, where he served as a primary contact for club personnel with respect to the
interpretation of the major league rules, the collective bargaining agreement and other contractual and financial industry practices. In 2006, he was a key member of the MLB collective bargaining team that successfully negotiated a second consecutive CBA without a work stoppage.
Before joining the Commissioner's Office, Klentak worked in the Baseball Operations Department of the Colorado Rockies. While there, he gained experience in video and advance scouting, coordinated all of the amateur scouting reports and authored several baseball and financial analyses.
Klentak is a 2002 graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in economics. He was a four-year baseball letterman, three-year starting shortstop and team captain his senior year. Originally from Medfield, Mass., Klentak and his wife Lauren currently reside in Newport Beach, Calif., with their two daughters.