Acknowledging Gillick's Unique Gift

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Clearly one of the secrets to success in baseball is to hire Pat Gillick, and then to never let him leave. Ask Baltimore, languishing in the gloom of the American League East cellar; ask Seattle, whose recent employment of the ghost of Ken Griffey Jr. was a sad echo to their own long-gone better days.

And yes, ask Toronto, which has spent the last 16 post-Gillick years wandering, bathing in the receding, reflected light of their old glories. It was only this year that Flashback Fridays were finally retired, long after their subjects did. Monday, however, Toronto’s best baseball days were acknowledged, as Gillick was elected to the...

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