- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of Southern California
- Born August 22, 1937 in Chico, CA USA
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2011
Lawrence Patrick David Gillick (born August 22, 1937) is a retired American professional baseball executive. He was the general manager of four Major League Baseball teams, and guided two teams to three World Series championships in his career: in 1992 and 1993 titles with the Toronto Blue Jays, and a 2008 title with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gillick was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Gillick was born to former minor league baseball player Larry Gillick in Chico, California. In 1951, he earned his Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. He continued to stay involved in Scouting and received the Order of the Arrow's Vigil Honor mere months after winning the College World Series at USC. After graduating from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, Pat attended USC and joined the Delta Chi Fraternity. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in business. He was also a gifted pitcher, playing on the 1958 National Title baseball team at USC and spending five years in the minor league systems of the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates, venturing as high as Triple-A. A left-hander, Gillick posted a won/lost record of 45–32 with an earned run average of 3.42 in 164 minor league games.
Front office career
Gillick retired from playing and began a front-office career in 1963 when he became the assistant farm director with the Houston Astros. He would eventually work his way up to the position of Director of Scouting before moving to the New York Yankees system in 1974 as a Coordinator of Player Development. In 1976, he moved again, this time to the expansion Toronto Blue Jays, becoming their Vice President of Player Personnel, and in 1977, their Vice President of Baseball Operations. Prior to the team's second season, he became the general manager. In 1984, he was named Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.
As Toronto's general manager, Gillick won five division titles (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993) and led the club to their first World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Shortly after Gillick left, the Blue Jays went into decline, not finishing higher than 3rd place until the 2006 season.
In 1995, Gillick was named the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles organization and he guided the Orioles to the playoffs in 1996 and 1997. He left at the conclusion of his three-year contract in 1998. The Orioles have not had a winning season since.
Gillick then became the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, who had parlayed their incredible 1995 playoff run into a new ballpark and the financial resources to become a perennial contender. Upon his hiring, the responsibility fell on Gillick to trade Ken Griffey Jr. to Cincinnati after Griffey played out his final season in Seattle. The Mariners made back-to-back playoff appearances for the only time in franchise history in 2000 and 2001, and the 2001 team, with a 116-46 record, tied the 1906 Chicago Cubs for the all time Major League Baseball record for most wins in a single season. However, the Mariners failed to make it past the American League Championship Series in either year, and did not make the playoffs for the rest of Gillick's tenure as GM and advisor.
Like the Blue Jays and Orioles, the Mariners have also not reached the playoffs since his departure as GM.
Gillick was inducted into the Toronto Blue Jays "Level of Excellence" on August 8, 2002.
On November 2, 2005, Gillick was named the Philadelphia Phillies' general manager. Gillick's first big move in Philadelphia was to trade Jim Thome and cash to the Chicago White Sox for Aaron Rowand and prospects Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood.
In June 2006, Gillick faced criticism from members of the media and women's groups for allowing pitcher Brett Myers to make his scheduled start against the Boston Red Sox on June 24, 2006, just one day after being arrested for assaulting his wife on a Boston street. Gillick was quoted by The New York Times as saying "I think it's in the best interest of the club; he's our best pitcher".
Gillick had permanent residence in Toronto with his wife Doris, but they have since re-located to Seattle after he became the Phillies GM. He became a Canadian citizen in 2004.
Gillick retired as a GM after leading the Phillies to a World Series championship in 2008. Rubén Amaro, Jr. was named his successor. Although he retired from all general manager duties, Gillick decided to remain an advisor to the team.
Gillick was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on December 6, 2010, in an election comprising executives and players from the expansion era. He was the sole person on the ballot to be chosen, with former Player's Association head Marvin Miller falling one vote short. He was formally inducted into the Hall on July 24, 2011, alongside Bert Blyleven and 2B Roberto Alomar, who was a star of the back-to-back Toronto Blue Jays championship teams that Gillick put together.
Honors and awards
In 1993, Sporting News awarded its Sportsman of the Year honor to Gillick and Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston.
In 1997, Gillick was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 2008, baseball fans nationwide voted him the MLB "This Year in Baseball Awards" Executive of the Year.
Also in 2008, he was named "King of Baseball", a ceremonial title awarded by Minor League Baseball to one person each year in recognition of longtime dedication and service to professional baseball.
In December 2009, Sports Illustrated named him as number 7 on its list of the Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade (in all sports).
In December 2010, Gillick was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
On July 24, 2011, Gillick was formally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame alongside Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven.
From Baseball Reference Bullpen:
Record as a General Manager
1st Round - Blue Jays
- 1978: 2nd overall OF Lloyd Moseby - Oakland (CA) High School
- 1979: 3rd overall C Jay Schroeder - Palisades Charter High School
- 1980: 2nd overall SS Garry Harris - Herbert Hoover High School (San Diego)
- 1981: 5th overall P Matt Williams - Rice University
- 1981: 21st overall P John Cerutti - Amherst College
- 1982: 2nd overall SS Augie Schmidt - University of New Orleans
- 1983: 9th overall C Matt Stark - Los Altos High School
- 1984: No Pick (lost for signing Dennis Lamp)
- 1985: 25th overall OF Greg David - Barron Collier High School
- 1986: 26th overall P Earl Sanders - Jackson State University
- 1987: 17th overall P Alex Sanchez - UCLA
- 1988: 25th overall 3B Ed Sprague, Jr. - Stanford University
- 1989: 19th overall SS Eddie Zosky - Fresno State University
- 1990: 22nd overall P Steve Karsay - Christ The King High School
- 1991: 16th overall OF Shawn Green - Tustin High School
- 1992: 19th overall OF Shannon Stewart - Miami Southridge High School
- 1992: 25th overall OF Todd Steverson - Arizona State University
- 1992: 34th overall SS Brandon Cromer - Lexington High School
- 1993: 15th overall P Chris Carpenter - Trinity High School
- 1993: 37th overall OF Matt Farner - East Pennsboro High School
- 1993: 40th overall P Mark Lukasiewicz - Brevard College
- 1993: 43rd overall P Jeremy Lee - Galesburg High School
- 1994: 28th overall SS Kevin Witt - Bishop Kenny High School
Other Notable Selections - Blue Jays
- 1978: 5th round (106th overall) P Dave Stieb - Southern Illinois University
- 1982: 2nd round (30th overall) P David Wells - Point Loma High School
- 1982: 3rd round (56th overall) P Jimmy Key - Clemson University
- 1982: 6th round (134th overall) 3B Pat Borders - Lake Wales High School
- 1983: 9th round (219th overall) OF Glenallen Hill - Santa Cruz High School
- 1986: 5th round (133rd overall) P Pat Hentgen - Fraser High School
- 1987: 2nd round (49th overall) OF Derek Bell - C. Leon King High School
- 1987: 5th round (127th overall) P Mike Timlin - Southwestern University
- 1989: 3rd round (79th overall) 1B John Olerud - Washington State University
- 1989: 20th round (523rd overall) 2B Jeff Kent - University of California
- 1990: 2nd round (62nd overall) 3B Chris Weinke - Cretin-Derham High School
- 1991: 14th round (380th overall) P Alex Gonzalez - New Mexico Junior College
1st Round Picks - Orioles
- 1996: No Pick (lost for signing Roberto Alomar)
- 1997: 22nd overall C Jayson Werth - Glenwood High School
- 1997: 26th overall OF Darnell McDonald - Cherry Creek High School
- 1997: 36th overall OF Ntema Ndungidi - Edouard Montpetit High School
- 1998: 26th overall OF Rick Elder - Sprayberry High School
- 1998: 36th overall OF Mamon Tucker - Stephen F. Austin High School
Other Notable Selections - Orioles
- 1996: 33rd round (981st overall) 3B Ryan Minor - University of Oklahoma
- 1998: 6th round (189th overall) OF Tim Raines, Jr.
1st Round Picks - Mariners
- 2000: No Pick (lost for signing John Olerud)
- 2001: 36th overall SS Michael Garciaparra - Don Bosco High School
- 2002: 28th overall 1B John Mayberry Jr. - Rockhurst High School
- 2003: 37th overall SS Adam Jones - Samuel F. B. Morse High School
Other Notable Selections - Mariners
- 2001: 4th round (129th overall) P Bobby Livingston - Trinity Christian High School
1st Round Picks - Phillies
- 2006: 18th overall P Kyle Drabek - The Woodlands High School
- 2006: 37th overall SS Adrian Cardenas - Monsignor Edward Pace High School
- 2007: 19th overall P Joe Savery - Rice University
- March 15, 1978 traded Dennis DeBarr to the Cleveland Indians for Rico Carty
- November 27, 1978 traded Alan Ashby to the Houston Astros for Joe Cannon, Pedro Hernandez and Mark Lemongello
- December 5, 1978 traded Victor Cruz to the Cleveland Indians for Alfredo Griffin and Phil Lansford
- November 1, 1979 traded Tom Underwood, Rick Cerone and Ted Wilborn to the New York Yankees for Chris Chambliss, Damaso Garcia and Paul Mirabella
- December 5, 1979 traded Chris Chambliss to the Atlanta Braves for Joey McLaughlin, Barry Bonnell and Pat Rockett
- May 5, 1982 traded John Mayberry to the New York Yankees for Tom Dodd, Dave Revering and Jeff Reynolds
- December 10, 1982 traded Dale Murray and Tom Dodd to the New York Yankees for Dave Collins, Fred McGriff and Mike Morgan
- February 5, 1983 traded Leon Roberts to the Kansas City Royals for Cecil Fielder
- December 20, 1983 traded Jorge Orta to the Kansas City Royals for Willie Aikens
- December 8, 1984 traded Alfredo Griffin and Dave Collins to the Oakland A's for Bill Caudill
- January 26, 1985 traded Jim Gott, Augie Schmidt and Jack McKnight to the San Francisco Giants for Gary Lavelle
- April 1, 1985 traded Jose Escobar, Dave Shipanoff and Ken Kinnard to the Philadelphia Phillies for Len Matuszek
- July 9, 1985 traded Len Matuszek to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Al Oliver
- August 28, 1985 traded Jeff Mays, Matt Williams and Greg Ferlenda to the Texas Rangers for Cliff Johnson
- July 6, 1986 traded Doyle Alexander to the Atlanta Braves for Duane Ward
- August 9, 1987 traded Don Gordon and Darryl Landrum to the Cleveland Indians for Phil Niekro
- August 31, 1987 traded Jose Mesa and Oswaldo Peraza to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike Flanagan
- September 22, 1987 traded Mike Sharperson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Juan Guzman
- April 30, 1989 traded Jesse Barfield to the New York Yankees for Al Leiter
- July 31, 1989 traded Jeff Musselman and Mike Brady to the New York Mets for Mookie Wilson
- September 16, 1990 traded Mauro Gozzo and Steve Cummings to the Cleveland Indians for Bud Black
- December 2, 1990 traded Junior Felix, Luis Sojo and Ken Rivers to the California Angels for Devon White, Willie Fraser and Marcus Moore
- December 5, 1990 traded Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar (See More)
- July 27, 1991 traded Mark Whiten, Glenallen Hill and Denis Boucher to the Cleveland Indians for Tom Candiotti and Turner Ward
- August 27, 1992 traded Jeff Kent and Ryan Thompson to the New York Mets for David Cone
- March 30, 1993 traded Derek Bell and Stoney Briggs to the San Diego Padres for Darrin Jackson]
- June 11, 1993 traded Darrin Jackson to the New York Mets for Tony Fernandez
- July 31, 1993 traded Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera to the Oakland A's for Rickey Henderson
- December 26, 1995 traded Curtis Goodwin and Trovin Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for David Wells
- July 21, 1996 traded Kent Mercker to the Cleveland Indians for Eddie Murray
- August 29, 1996 traded Garrett Stephenson and Calvin Maduro to the Philadelphia Phillies for Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia
- July 29, 1997 traded Jose Bautista to the Chicago White Sox for Harold Baines
- July 23, 1998 traded Joe Carter to the San Francisco Giants for Darin Blood
- July 31, 1998 traded Nerio Rodriguez and Shannon Carter to the Toronto Blue Jays for Juan Guzman
- February 10, 2000 traded Ken Griffey, Jr. to the Cincinnati Reds for Brett Tomko, Mike Cameron, Antonio Perez and Jake Meyer
- August 8, 2000 traded Sean Spencer and Terrmel Sledge to the Montreal Expos for Chris Widger
- December 11, 2001 traded Brett Tomko, Tom Lampkin and Ramon Vazquez to the San Diego Padres for Ben Davis, Alex Arias and Wascar Serrano
- December 16, 2001 traded Jose Paniagua, Dennis Stark and Brian Fuentes to the Colorado Rockies for Jeff Cirillo
- October 28, 2002 traded Antonio Perez to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Randy Winn. Compensation for allowing Lou Piniella to leave Seattle for Tampa Bay.
- November 25, 2005 traded Jim Thome to the Chicago White Sox for Aaron Rowand, Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood
- January 27, 2006 traded Jason Michaels to the Cleveland Indians for Arthur Rhodes
- July 30, 2006 traded Bobby Abreu to the New York Yankees for Matt Smith, C.J. Henry, Jesus Sanchez and Carlos Monasterios
- August 19, 2006 traded Andrew Barb and Andrew Baldwin to the Seattle Mariners for Jamie Moyer
- December 6, 2006 traded Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to the Chicago White Sox for Freddy Garcia
- November 7, 2007 traded Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and Mike Costanzo to the Houston Astros for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett
- August 30, 2008 traded Fabio Castro to the Toronto Blue Jays for Matt Stairs
 Significant Signings
- April 24, 1979 signed Tony Fernandez as a amateur Free Agent
- October 31, 1981 signed Jose Mesa as a amateur free agent
- June 21, 1983 signed Doyle Alexander as a free agent from New York Yankees
- October 9, 1988 signed Carlos Delgado as a amateur free agent
- September 14, 1991 signed Dave Parker as a free agent from Milwaukee Brewers
- December 18, 1991 signed Jack Morris as a free agent from Minnesota Twins
- December 19, 1991 signed Dave Winfield as a free agent from California Angels
- March 19, 1991 signed Alfredo Griffin as a free agent from Los Angeles Dodgers
- December 7, 1992 signed Paul Molitor as a free agent from Milwaukee Brewers
- December 8, 1992 signed Dave Stewart as a free agent from Oakland A's
- December 14, 1995 signed Randy Myers as a free agent from Chicago Cubs
- December 20, 1995 signed B.J. Surhoff as a free agent from Milwaukee Brewers
- December 21, 1995 signed Roberto Alomar as a free agent from Toronto Blue Jays
- December 10, 1996 signed Jimmy Key as a free agent from New York Yankees
- December 13, 1996 signed Mike Bordick as a frree agent from Oakland A's
- December 19, 1996 signed Eric Davis as a free agent from Cincinnati Reds
- December 12, 1997 signed Joe Carter as a free agent from Toronto Blue Jays
- December 15, 1999 signed John Olerud as a free agent from New York Mets
- December 18, 1999 signed Kazuhiro Sasaki as a free agent from Yokohama Bay Stars
- January 10, 2000 signed Aaron Sele as a free agent from Texas Rangers
- December 4, 2000 signed Jeff Nelson as a free agent from New York Yankees
- December 20, 2000 signed Bret Boone as a free agent from San Diego Padres
- July 4, 2002 signed Felix Hernandez as a amateur free agent
- December 26, 2005 signed Tom Gordon as a free agent from New York Yankees
- December 19, 2006 signed Jayson Werth as a free agent from Los Angeles Dodgers
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