The Philadelphia Phillies brought in Dave Dombrowski to get them back to the World Series. Mission accomplished.
To be fair, just getting to the postseason would have been a step in the right direction. The Phillies had not been in the playoffs since 2011, a disappointing run, especially with ownership that had been willing to spend “stupid money” over the past few years.
Dave Dombrowski pulls another fast turnaround with Philadelphia Phillies
While that spending spree led to the likes of Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler, and Nick Castellanos signing in Philadelphia, Dombrowski may have been the most important addition. Hired on December 11, 2020, he was tasked with getting the Phillies back to the postseason, something he had plenty of experience with in his long career in front offices around the game.
It did not happen overnight. The Phillies did not reach the postseason in 2021 with Dombrowski in the fold. However, it was just a matter of time. Now, with the Phillies in the World Series, he has helped guide a team to the series in four consecutive decades, with the Marlins (1997), Tigers (2006 and 2012), Red Sox (2018), and now the Phillies.
Yes, he has flaws. Dombrowski is the last person one would want in charge of a rebuilding franchise. He burns through a minor league system to improve the major league roster at an unbelievable rate. And it is fair to wonder if he has figured out how to build a bullpen yet, even with the Phillies being able to advance to the World Series.
But that is not the full picture. Dombrowski also wins, having done so wherever he has been. That is exactly what he was brought in to do in Philadelphia, to get the Phillies back to the postseason and end their run of mediocrity. Suffice to say he has done just that.
Dave Dombrowski was brought in to get the Philadelphia Phillies back to the World Series. He now has a World Series team for the fourth consecutive decade.