NL champ Phillies extend President Dombrowski through 2027 National News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National League champion Philadelphia Phillies have given team president Dave Dombrowski a three-year contract extension through the 2027 season.

“This is an amazing organization and I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such tremendous individuals. We’ve made great strides in many areas of baseball operations over the past two years, and I’m committed to building on them to form a championship organization for the city and our incredible fanbase,” Dombrowski said Tuesday.

Dombrowski made the pivotal decision to fire head coach Joe Girardi as the team squabbled in June and replace him with bench coach Rob Thompson. Behind kickers Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins, Thompson helped lead the Phillies to their first playoff appearance since 2011 and their eighth NBL pennant.

The Phillies finished the regular season 87-75 and earned their third NL wild card spot. They beat the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals and NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the first two rounds of the postseason and the San Diego Padres in the NL Championship Series.

The Houston Astros beat the Phillies in six games to win the World Series.

The 66-year-old was hired in December 2020 after stints in the front office with Montreal, Florida Marlins, Boston and Detroit. His clubs have won five flags and two world championship titles. He is the only President of Baseball Operations to lead four different franchises to a World Series and only one of five general managers to have won World Series titles with two different teams.

“We are very pleased that Dave has agreed to continue to lead our baseball operations division through the 2027 season,” said team owner John Middleton. “His astute knowledge of the game and keen eye for talent set us on the path to winning the National League pennant. I firmly believe that under his leadership we will reach our ultimate goal.”

Dombrowski was the youngest general manager in baseball history when he took over the Montreal Expos in 1988 at the age of 31, and played a key role in setting the small market club on a path to competing with the prolific farm system.

He joined the Florida Marlins in 1991, two years before their first game, and was the chief architect of the 1997 World Series. He then oversaw an ownership-forced fire sale, ultimately helping to rebuild the Marlins’ another title-winning squad in 2003, though Although Dombrowski had left for Detroit by that time.

Dombrowski turned the Tigers’ 119-game losing MLS team in 2003 into perennial winners. Detroit won four straight titles from 2011-14 and AL pennants in 2006 and 2012 before losing it after the 2015 season.

He joined the Red Sox as President of Baseball Operations the following August and made a number of key acquisitions leading up to the 2018 Boston World Series, when Dombrowski also assumed GM duties.

Dombrowski was fired by the Red Sox in September 2019 amid a disappointing follow-up to their championship run.

In his 33 years as president or general manager, Dombrowski’s teams have made the playoffs 10 times, winning seven division titles, five pennants, and two world championships. In his last 11 seasons, his clubs went 982-768 (. 561), with eight playoff appearances, three pennants and one World Series title.

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