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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Former GM Lee Thomas, architect of ‘93 Phils, dies at 86

When the Phillies hired Lee Thomas on June 21, 1988, the new general manager faced a daunting task.

The team he was taking over was well on its way to losing 96 games. He would be working with a constricted payroll. And he was the third person to hold the position in less than a year. His immediate predecessor, Woody Woodward, had been fired two weeks earlier after less than nine months on the job.

Thomas, who passed away after a long illness Wednesday in his adopted hometown of St. Louis at the age of 86, was unfazed. He began revamping the roster through a series of shrewd moves.

It all came together in 1993 when the Phils went from worst to first, going nearly wire-to-wire to win the National League East and upsetting the heavily favored Braves in the NLCS before falling to the Blue Jays in the World Series.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2022 at 04:39 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: August 31, 2022 at 08:39 PM (#6093947)
Great guy. Back in the day, he was a big part of the mid 1980s Cardinals championship teams. He was a very visible presence in the media and it was no surprise he got the big job in Philadelphia
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 01, 2022 at 01:59 PM (#6094024)
   3. Gazizza, my Dilznoofuses! Posted: September 01, 2022 at 02:16 PM (#6094026)
I'm pretty sure this was Lee Thomas, but I think it's a good story even if it wasn't:

I was watching a spring training game in 1995 when the replacement players were being used. The Phillies had one guy (I think it was Chris James, but couldn't swear to it) playing third base for them. Lee Thomas (I think) was on the broadcast and when James was mentioned, Thomas says "Hey, remember when people thought he was going to be good?" The announcers just burst out laughing because they couldn't believe the GM would say that about his own player.
   4. AlvaPaul Posted: September 13, 2022 at 05:11 AM (#6095918)
You have given us such a magnificent piece of writing to read that illuminates every topic. It has clarified some of my notions that you shared this kind of knowledge with us. stickman fighter
   5. BDC Posted: September 13, 2022 at 03:53 PM (#6095967)
I've glad the spambot brought this thread up again so I could add RIP for a longtime great baseball man.

Michael Fedo wrote a very good book, One Shining Season, based on a series of interviews with players who had had one excellent season and then never matched it again. Lee Thomas talked about his year for the 1962 Angels, when he drove in 104 runs, made the All-Star Team, was named on some MVP ballots. Thomas didn't maintain his brief stardom, but was clearly a good player (blocked till expansion in the Yankees organization). The book is worth getting for its picture of Thomas and several other one-season phenoms.

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