It looks like Howard Eskin was about half-right: After being away from baseball business for a while battling cancer, David Montgomery has returned to the Phillies, but to a new office. Montgomery, the former team President, now has the title of Chairman, while Bill Giles has been named Chairman Emeritus. Acting President (and former GM) Pat Gillick will remain in the role of President.
There is still no word on any change in role from John Middleton — the crux of Eskin’s report — and the Phillies’ release is below.
It is expected that in his role as Phillies Chairman, Montgomery will remain active in Philadelphia civic, business, sports, and charitable endeavors, and also will maintain his close association with Phillies fans, customers, and sponsors. He will continue to be very involved in Major League Baseball committees and projects, as well.
David Montgomery said the following: ‘I am fortunate to be healthy enough now to resume some of my previous responsibilities. I am very appreciative that Pat Gillick is willing and available to remain as the club’s President. Pat and I have become very close since he joined us in the fall of 2005. I look forward to returning to work as Phillies Chairman.’