Matt Klentak Biography
Matt Klentak was born on the 1980s He is an American baseball front-office executive. He serves as the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies (of Major League Baseball). Before he served as the assistant general manager of MLB’s Los Angeles (Angels of Anaheim).
Matt Klentak Education
He went to Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts where he archived three varsity letters in baseball Later he attended Dartmouth College, where he played college baseball for the “Dartmouth Big Green” for all his for years of study at the college. Begging at shortstop for three years, and also serving as the team captain in his senior year.
Dartmouth’s head called (coachBob Whalen), moved Ed Lucas from shortstop to third base so that Klentak could play shortstop. Klentak graduated from Dartmouth in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Matt Klentak Baseball Career
Klentak was raised in Medfield, Massachusetts, and attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Massachusetts where he earned three varsity letters in baseball. He then attended Dartmouth College, where he played college baseball for the Dartmouth Big Green all four years, starting at shortstop for three years, and serving as the team captain in his senior year
Bob Whalen, Dartmouth’s head coach, moved Ed Lucas from shortstop to third base so that Klentak could play shortstop. Klentak graduated from Dartmouth in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
He worked for the Colorado Rockies in their Baseball Operations department during the 2003 season. He then worked in Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department for four years. He worked with Andy MacPhail, then the team president of the Baltimore Orioles, while working on the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In 2008, MacPhail hired Klentak as Director of Baseball Operations. After the 2011 season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hired Klentak as their assistant general manager. When Jerry Dipoto, the Angels’ general manager, resigned during the 2015 season, Klentak was interviewed for the position. The Angels hired Billy Eppler.
The Philadelphia Phillies, led by MacPhail as their president, interviewed Klentak for their general manager position after the 2015 season. The Phillies hired Klentak as their general manager, introducing him at a press conference on October 26. 2015.
Matt Klentak Age
He was born on August 14. 1980.
Matt Klentak Family
Klentak is from Medfield, Massachusetts. His’s father, George, is an engineer and his mother, Josee, works as a teacher’s aide.
Matt Klentak Wife
He married her wife, Lauren whom they met at Dartmouth.
“It was pretty remarkable,” said Klentak. “This is the first time since I’ve been here, and maybe the first time in a long time—in Phillies history—that ownership has been involved in a recruiting pitch like this. It was pretty well covered throughout.
Matt Klentak kids
The couple has two daughters Julia Klentak and Valerie Klentak.
Matt Klentak Height
He stands at a height of 6feet tall.
Matt Klentak Press Conference
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have spent the past couple weeks trying to explain why they collapsed the final two months of the 2018 season.
They have offered several theories, but the simplest explanation may be best: perhaps the Phillies simply needed better talent. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak essentially acknowledged that point Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, where he offered his thoughts on the season, including why Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, needed to make so many lineups and pitching changes throughout the year.
“This team just rolled out there in a conventional style would not have made the playoffs,” Klentak said. “In fact, it would have been worse than this year’s team. The fact that we’ve outperformed our run differential as much as we have I think speaks to the fact that we probably did pretty well in the area of putting our players in the best positions to succeed.
As the roster evolves and we have more ‘regular players,’ I think you’ll see that less and less. But the roster this year kind of dictated that that’s the way we behave, and we will adjust that behavior moving forward as necessary.”
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The Phillies are expected to make “significant changes” to the roster before Spring Training, Klentak said. They are prepared to pursue superstar free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. They could trade Odúbel Herrera, César Hernández, Maikel Franco and others. They could trade some of their organizational pitching depth to fill holes, too.
“We know that this club needs to improve,” Klentak said. “We are not just going to run back with the same 40-man roster next year that we finished this season with.”
But, he said, the Phillies are better than the one that finished 37-36 to end their 2017 campaign.
“Without question,” he said. “We won 14 more games than we did the year before. We won 80 games. We’re not raising any flags for that. I understand that, but I think our organization is in pretty good shape.”
The Phillies have mentioned recently that they had the youngest Opening Day roster in baseball, that they spent much of the last offseason hiring a manager and assembling a coaching staff, that they were not prepared for the grind of meaningful baseball in August and September. But those explanations raised questions, too.
The National League East-champion Braves are a young team. Can youth really explain so much of the Phillies’ struggles? The Phillies aren’t the first team to hire a manager and coaching staff in the offseason. Can the timing of those hires really have affected the team’s play that much? A big theme for Kapler in Spring Training and early in the season was keeping his players physically and mentally strong throughout the season. What happened there?
I’m not going to apologize for the way we conducted business this year,” Klentak said. “For organizations to move forward, they need to push the envelope. Look across the street in both directions. Look at the Eagles and look at the Sixers.
These are not teams that have done things in traditional ways or conventional ways for the last few years. In one case, they are the Super Bowl champions, and in the other case, they might be the most exciting, promising young team in the NBA, and it’s not because they did everything traditionally.
“We were projected to win 74, 76, maybe 78 games. That team isn’t going to go the playoffs if you just run the players out there and play traditional baseball absent of some incredibly good fortune. That’s why I say that when those are your expectations, that’s a good year to try things.
As time goes on and the roster becomes more and more talented and they gain more and more experience, we will get to a point where we won’t need nor want to experiment quite as much. I would expect with the combination of an improved roster next year and an adjustable manager will mean we don’t push the envelope quite as much.”
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Over the weekend, Eskin asked Klentak “how much pressure” is on him to make a trade before the July 31st deadline. After the exchange, a microphone picked up Klentak muttering, “That’s a ridiculous question.”
Matt Klentak Transactions
arch 12: The Phillies have signed right-hander Jake Arrieta to a 3 year$75 million contract.
June 4: Selected Alec Bohm, a 21-year-old third baseman from Wichita State University, in the first round (No. 3 overall) of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.
July 27: Acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the New York Mets in exchange for right-hander Franklyn Kilome.
July 31: Acquired catcher Wilson Ramos and cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations (Marc Topkin confirmed via Twitter on Aug 15 that Rays took the cash).
July 31: Acquired left-hander Aaron Loup from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Jacob Waguespack.
August 12: Acquired first baseman Justin Bour and cash considerations from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher McKenzie Mills.
August 22: Acquired left-handed reliever Luis Avilán from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-hander Felix Paulino.
August 28: Acquired infielder/outfielder José Bautista from the New York Mets in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
December 3: Acquired infielder Jean Segura, right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio and left-handed pitcher James Pazos from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielders J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana.
December 6: Acquired left-handed pitcher José Álvarez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Luis García, the club announced tonight.
December 12: Signed free-agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a 3 year $50 million contract.
Phillies sign two top 20 prospects as international signing period begins
Taking advantage of their international bonus pool was what general Klentak(general manager) mentioned on the day he was officially hired. A few weeks later at his Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., Klentak said that it was “paramount” that the Phillies allocate those international resources properly.
“It is paramount that we take advantage . . . to bring talent into our system,” Klentak said in early November. “Understanding that when you’re talking about kids at that age, from the Dominican Republic, from Venezuela, it’s going to take a long time for a lot of those players to get there. But we still have to do that.
“We have to create waves of players that will feed this team three, four, five, six, 10 years down the line, because we don’t know where we’ll be three, four five, six, 10 years down the line. We need to make sure we’ve got steady waves of players coming, and that’s true of the draft. It’s really true of the few areas that are still available to us to bring in players.”
A year ago, the Phillies spent $4 million to land Dominican slugger Jhailyn Ortiz. The 17-year-old outfielder is currently playing in the Gulf Coast League in a lineup with recent No. 1 overall pick Mickey Moniak.
Ortiz, whose middle name is David (Little Papi?), is hitting .217 with three doubles, six RBI, and eight strikeouts in seven games with the GCL Phillies this summer.
The Phillies can only hope that Ortiz and the handful of players they signed on Saturday eventually rise to the big leagues like three of the players in their lineup against the Kansas City Royals (Maikel Franco, Carlos Ruiz, Cesar Hernandez) three others on their 25-man roster (Freddy Galvis, Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris), those already blossoming in the minor leagues (like Paul Owens Award winner and Futures Game participant Ricardo Pinto), and players originally signed by the Phillies who have found big league success with other teams (like Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco and Milwaukee’s Jonathan Villar.
LENTAK TALKS ABOUT rebuilding the Phillies the way you might describe the steps you take to make breakfast: one logical move reliably following another. This isn’t a strategy shrouded in mystery. The team needed to restock a farm system left barren by trades for stars like Lee, Roy Halladay and Hunter Pence.
It had to make smarter draft picks and stick to short-term deals with free agents who might be flipped at the trade deadline for more prospects. If enough of the kids — like ballyhooed shortstop J.P. Crawford, third baseman Maikel Franco, pitcher Vince Velasquez and catcher Jorge Alfaro — turn out to be legit, the team could have its next great nucleus.
“I grew up near Boston, and there are a lot of parallels between the fan bases,” says Klentak. “I think Phillies fans want to see progress.” He’s sporting a checked shirt and a powder blue Phillies windbreaker as he reclines on a navy couch in the corner of his office. “We’ve tried to be very up-front with what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”
He comes off as clear-eyed and realistic, traits that were evident back at Dartmouth, where he played shortstop and earned his economics degree. “When I was a junior, I vividly remember starting to realize that I wasn’t going to be able to play at a professional level,” he tells me. “I was with my dad, and we were talking about what comes after college if I’m not going to be able to play.”
So he started scribbling down ideas: things he liked, things he didn’t, separated into columns. “The business of baseball was the broad conclusion,” he says. He sent letters and emails out into that world, hoping someone would bite.
In the fall of 2002, Klentak got a phone call from Theo Epstein, who at age 28 had just been named the new general manager of the Boston Red Sox. (Within a few years, Epstein would end the team’s 86-year World Series title drought. Soon, teams across the league wanted young, analytical G.M.’s to call their own.) Epstein didn’t have a job for Klentak, but he helped him form connections that led to an internship with the Colorado Rockies.
A four-year stint in the league commissioner’s office followed. Through that job, Klentak became friendly with the Cubs’ then-president, Andy MacPhail, who was named the president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles in 2007.
MacPhail hired Klentak a year later to be the team’s director of baseball operations. The Orioles hadn’t been to the playoffs in more than a decade. Under MacPhail and Klentak, the team retooled, trading established players for valuable prospects.
The Orioles made the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016. But Klentak had headed west before the 2012 season, taking an assistant G.M. job with the Los Angeles Angels. His second week there, the Angels’ brass signed first baseman Albert Pujols to a staggering 10-year, $240 million contracts.
Before the ink had even dried, advanced metrics showed that Pujols’s legendary hitting prowess was in decline. He hasn’t come close to replicating the numbers that earned him that contract, now regarded as one of the worst in baseball. Klentak learned a valuable lesson: Tomorrow always comes. Plan accordingly.
THAT SAME OFF-SEASON, the Phillies were doing some seriously questionable spending of their own. A rotation of aces couldn’t get them past the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 Division Series. The exclamation point was Ryan Howard sprawled on the field after rupturing his Achilles on the final play of the series, a few months before his $125 million extensions kicked in. Amaro responded by signing closer Jonathan Papelbon to a $50 million contract.
“If Billy Beane ran the Phillies, Matt Klentak would have started trading everyone the moment Howard collapsed in the dirt,” says Jayson Stark, the ESPN senior writer who covered baseball for 21 years at the Inquirer. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, chances are you saw Brad Pitt portray Beane, the Oakland Athletics’ G.M., in the 2011 movie Moneyball.
The small market A’s didn’t have much in the way of financial resources, so Beane sought competitive advantages elsewhere. Matt Klentak regularly shipped out his best players before they reached free agency in exchange for prospects, and he embraced “sabermetrics,” the term coined by writer Bill James for the NASA-like analysis of baseball statistics he began championing in the 1980s. Back then, players were largely evaluated by simple numbers: batting average, home runs, RBIs, wins and losses.
Sabermetrics offered new tools for measuring a player’s ability, from a fielder’s ultimate zone rating to a hitter’s exit velocity and launch angle to a pitcher’s release-point history. And the Phillies, under Amaro and then-president David Montgomery, couldn’t have cared less about them. Amaro seemed to scoff at the fact that his roster was aging even as the results on the field turned ugly. So he threw good money after bad on reclamation projects like Delmon Young and held on too long to assets like Lee rather than admit it was time for a reboot.
“A guy from another team recently said to me, ‘If you get out in front of it and start trading away your veterans, you can do the rebuild cycle in four or five years,’” Stark says. “If you don’t, it can take nine or 10 years. And unfortunately, I think with the Phillies, it’ll be nine or 10 years.”
In February of 2015, ESPN ranked every MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL team by its embrace of analytics. The Phillies were dead last among baseball teams, while the Sixers were number one overall. By the time the Phils begrudgingly set up a one-person analytics office and developed a proprietary information system called PHIL, other teams were carrying analytics staffs of 12 to 15 people.
“Every other team had the infrastructure in place, and the Phils were starting from scratch,” says Ben Baumer, who compiled the baseball rankings for the ESPN report and spent eight years helping build and run the Mets’ analytics team.
Four months after ESPN released its rankings, the Phillies hired MacPhail as a special assistant to then-president Pat Gillick. The team lost 99 games that season. MacPhail was named president when Gillick retired. Amaro was fired. The Phils, an organization forever gazing wistfully into its past, we’re ready to get with the times.
MATT KLENK WASN’T SURE he’d get the job. He knew MacPhail well, but the team’s brain trust had committed to interviewing a bunch of pedigreed baseball minds, hoping to find its own Theo Epstein. And despite the Phillies’ recent nosedive, the job was still appealing: A 25-year TV deal with Comcast, worth more than $2.5 billion, had just kicked in, and Middleton had telegraphed a willingness to spend that windfall. (Speaking of Epstein, when the Cubs hired him in 2011, they hadn’t won a World Series since 1908. Now they’re World Fucking Champions.)
The phone call from Philadelphia came on a Friday morning in late October. Klentak learned he would be the 11th general manager in Phillies history and by far the youngest — in a city that’s long on passion and short on patience.
For close to 24 hours, few people outside Klentak’s family knew he was the new G.M. When he woke up on Saturday morning, his phone was exploding with text messages. “That was when it sunk in,” he says. “I’ve been in and around most of the baseball decisions that have taken place for the Orioles and Angels over the past eight years. But until you’re in that chair and have to act from that position, it’s a little bit different.”
Once in Philly, he focused on building up the analytics department, something Middleton said he was prepared to spend millions on. So Klentak hired a former Orioles colleague, Ned Rice, as an assistant G.M., and Andy Galdi, a quantitative analyst for Google, as director of baseball research and development.
“Ned has a background of understanding how baseball operations departments work,” Klentak says. “Andy can take what he’s learned in Silicon Valley and apply that to the analytics department.”
About 75 feet from Matt Klentak’s office, the department is literally taking shape, as a nondescript conference room is turned into a state-of-the-art space for the crew. (Think floating workspaces and monitors slipping down from the ceiling.) “We’ll have nine or 10 people there this season, but it’s built for growth,” Matt Klentak says.
For him, analytics is more a state of mind than a department; he wants the organization to be gathering as much information as possible about everything. So the old-school scouts are working with the front-office nerds, and their combined knowledge is shared with coaches, trainers, and other decision-makers.
Matt Klentak insists that he, MacPhail, and Middleton are all on the same page; the team could lose 91 games again this season and that would be understandable, so long as the Francos and Odubel Herreras keep maturing and the kids on the farm get closer to the majors. (Minor League Baseball’s website named the Phillies’ farm system the best in the game in November.)
If you want to see the franchise start to spend that Comcast money — and let’s face it, you absolutely do — start whispering 2018 like a mantra. That’s when generational talents like Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw could be on the market. And the Phillies will be able to outspend the Yankees and every other team if push comes to shove. “We’re keenly aware of what potentially is coming,” Klentak says in a diplomat’s even tone.
“I talked to one of the Cubs people at the Winter Meetings, and he said, ‘The Phillies are doing exactly what we did,’” Stark says. He thinks that’s true — but only to a point. He names the team’s projected starters and most prized prospects, wondering if there’s truly a Kris Bryant — the Cubs’ MVP third baseman — in the mix.
If we’re being honest, the answer is: Who knows? The Phillies are finally capable of having a conversation about cutting-edge analytics, but to find out whether J.P. Crawford is the next Jimmy Rollins — or Desi Relaford — they have to do the same thing you and I do: wait. And hope.
Matt Klentak doesn’t have a crystal ball, so he focuses on what got him here: Stick. To. The. Plan. “We don’t just want to build a team that wins for one year. We want to build something that sustains for a long time,” he says. It ain’t poetry, but it’s something to root for.
Matt Klentak Salary Net Worth
Matt Klentak is an American baseball front office executive who serves as the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.
He earns his Income through his professionalism in basketball. Matt total net worth is estimated to be 25million dollars including an annual salary of 3 million dollars
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