Sam Fuld is to be named the Philadelphia Phillies’ general manager, per multiple reports. Fuld would be under new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who was hired by the Phillies earlier this month.
Fuld is a Stanford grad who was selected in the 24th round of the 2003 draft by the Chicago Cubs, but didn’t sign, and then was drafted by the Cubs again in 2004, in the 10th round, as a senior. Fuld made his major league debut with the Cubs, then spent three years with the Tampa Bay Rays after being dealt to Tampa by the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade that also saw Robinson Chirinos go to Tampa. Fuld also spent time with the Oakland A’s and the Minnesota Twins before retiring after the 2016 season.
Fuld has been with the Phillies in various front office roles since 2017, and was seen as a potential managerial candidate the past couple of offseasons. His role as Integrative Baseball Performance Director with the Phillies has been involved both the analytic and on the field areas, with a focus on communicating analytic data to players in a way that can be utilized and integrated into what they are doing. He reportedly has worked in the past on a masters in statistics from Stanford, though I don’t know whether he’s completed that or not.
Fuld, 39, is just the latest general manager hire who makes me feel really old.