Friday morning, Joel sherman from New York Post reported that Minnesota Twins general manager Thad Levine is “an important player” in the Phillies’ search for a new president for baseball operations. LaVelle E. Neal III, who covers the twins for Star Tribune, later confirmed his candidacy for the job.
Just a few hours later, Jon Heyman from RADIO.COM reported that Levine was “no longer in the mix” for the job, citing that he wanted to stay in Minnesota and help rebuild a winner.
Levine’s desire to stay in Minnesota was mentioned in Neal’s report. The Twins reportedly gave Phillies permission to speak to Levine after Philadelphia made the request two weeks ago. Team President Andy MacPhail, who was hired as Twins’ general manager in 1985, initiated contact between the two sides. Levine was eventually persuaded to speak with managing partner John Middleton, per Neal.
It is unclear whether Phillies and Levine met for a formal interview. Earlier this season, The Phillies Nation listed Levine as a potential candidate for the Phillies’ presidential baseball job.
Since Levine arrived in Minnesota in 2016, the Twins have made playoffs three times and won two division titles with a mix of home-grown talent and veteran acquisitions of free agents. They have yet to snatch the playoffs in the playoffs, which date back to 2004. It seems Levine prefers to keep the family in the Minneapolis area and work under Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey to get rid of the organization for its post-season futility .
For now, it seems that former Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill and Dodger’s senior vice president Josh Byrnes are the best-known candidates for the job. Jim Salisbury from NBC Sports Philadelphia reported that both Hill and Byrnes have received other interviews.
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