Pat Gillick says he would consider job with Dodgers
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Pat Gillick, one of the most successful executives in baseball history, said he would consider joining the Dodgers if a new owner wished to consider him.
Gillick said he has been approached by prospective bidders for the Dodgers but said he would not align with any potential ownership group. Once a new owner is selected -- and if that new owner is interested -- Gillick said he would consider a position as president of baseball operations.
‘It would be something that I would take a look at,’ Gillick said Monday at baseball’s winter meetings in Dallas.
Gillick, 74, grew up in Los Angeles and played for USC under legendary coach Rod Dedeaux. After Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers in 2004, he interviewed Gillick for the general manager’s job that ultimately went to Paul DePodesta.
Gillick would not identify which prospective Dodgers bidders had spoken with him, although baseball executive Dennis Gilbert is believed to be one of them.
Gillick was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year in recognition of his success as a general manager. He assembled World Series champions in Toronto in 1992 and 1993, and in Philadelphia in 2008.
He served as general manager for the Blue Jays from 1978-94, for the Baltimore Orioles from 1996-98, for the Seattle Mariners from 2000-03 and for the Phillies from 2006-08. All of those teams made the playoffs during his tenure; the Blue Jays, Orioles and Mariners have not returned to the playoffs since he left.
[For the Record, 9:22 a.m. Dec. 5: An earlier version of this post said Pat Gillick was 75. He is 74.]
-- Bill Shaikin in Dallas