Thursday, December 25, 2014

Meet new Phils director of player development

Looking at the Phillies from the outside, Baltimore Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan saw a team that others should want to copy.

Meet new Phils director of player development

Joe Jordan spent seven seasons with the Orioles as the director of amateur scouting. (Gail Burton/AP)
Joe Jordan spent seven seasons with the Orioles as the director of amateur scouting. (Gail Burton/AP)

Looking at the Phillies from the outside, Baltimore Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan saw a team that others should want to copy.

So when assistant general manager, scouting and player development Chuck Lamar abruptly resigned last month, he was happy to be considered. On Wednesday, it was announced that Jordan, 50, would be the team’s new director of player development.

“Player development for me is – obviously I’ve been on the other side, baseball operations and scouting – but player development is a hard part of the process but for me it’s as important as anything because developing players to become future major league players and impact an organization is so crucial because this game is a difficult game. And there’s a lot of failure. And I just feel that whether you’re developing skills or helping players through hard times, all of that is as important as anything as they try to reach their goal,” he said during a conference call today.

“Just to be able to join the organization and try to join into something that’s obviously already successful, I’m just really excited about it. It’s hard to pinpoint one certain thing bacause I think there are a lot of positives here.”

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Even though Jordan’s title is different, assistant general manager Benny Looper said his duties will be virtually identical to what LaMar did.

“Joe will be completely responsible for our player development department, same case as Chuck,” Looper explained. “He’ll be involved in discussions at the major league level, putting our major league club together, all aspects. Ruben’s been great. He likes a lot of opinions on the major league club, on the staffing, on all areas. And Joe will be in that inner circle where we’re going to be looking for his opinions. It’s an obligation of his to give us his opinion and I’m sure he will. So it will be very similar.”

Jordan was one of six candidates who were interviewed for the position.

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