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Morning Mound Visit: Phillies hire Sam Fuld as GM

Fuld brought into the fold; Howie Kendrick vrooms off into the sunset; the Cleveland Commodores?

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Matt Gelb | The Athletic $: The Phillies promoted Sam Fuld to general manager on Tuesday, filling the vacancy left by Matt Klentak. Fuld had been the team’s director of integrative baseball performance after getting hired by the team in 2017. Fuld played eight seasons in the majors before retiring in 2015.

Brendan Gawlowski | FanGraphs: Howie Kendrick called it a career announcing his retirement on Instagram Monday evening. Often overlooked as an amateur, Kendrick’s career is a reminder of what we lose when baseball’s talent pool shrinks whether through minor league contraction or the systems that disadvantage players that come from low-income families.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: Cleveland is (eventually) changing its name, and the team has a plethora of options to choose from. Spiders is the front-runner, but there are other, better(?) options out there. (Note that this article does not include my personal choice of Cyclops which was an original option when the team re-named itself the Naps after a fan vote ahead of the 1903 season.)