Phillies hire Gillick as general manager

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Gillick will become the Philadelphia Phillies' new general manager Wednesday.

A press conference to announce the hiring will start at 12:05 p.m. ET.

Gillick will replace Ed Wade, fired after failing to get the
Phillies into the playoffs during eight years on the job.

A special consultant in the Mariners' front office the past two
seasons, Gillick led Toronto to consecutive World Series titles in
1992-93. He was also a general manager with Baltimore and Seattle.

Philadelphia went 88-74 this season and finished one game behind
NL wild-card winner Houston. It was the Phillies' third consecutive
winning season and fourth in five years, but they missed the
playoffs for the 12th straight year and 21st time in 22 seasons.

Gillick won five AL East titles in Toronto and led the Orioles
to the AL championship series in 1996 and '97. He also took the
Mariners to the ALCS in 2000 and 2001. Seattle tied a major-league
record with 116 wins in 2001, and the Mariners' 393 victories
during Gillick's four seasons were the most in baseball.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.