New Phillies GM Sam Fuld eager to learn from Dave Dombrowski

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Effort and relationships matter to new Phillies GM Sam Fuld.

New Philadelphia Phillies general manager Sam Fuld noted to Kevin Frandsen on a recent Pine Tar for Breakfast podcast the importance of having effort and building relationships.

Effort, Fuld said, is a great thing that cannot work to anyone’s detriment. “The harder you work, the more you want it, I think the more you tend to have success,” Fuld said. “What’s cool about being in the front office is that passion and drive works in your favor. I hope that I have enough. I think that I’ve got a lot of it.”

Likewise, Fuld said that relationships matter, but take time. Yet, he feels he has a “huge leg” up in that aspect, compared to someone else coming in from outside of the organization.

“I think that, especially in the last 9 or 10 months, the amount of time we spent together and the adversity we collectively faced, I think that brought us even closer together,” said Fuld, who added the nature of his job is to communicate among departments.

“[I also must] recognize that I’m not really an expert in any of those departments,” Fuld said. “That’s sort, in a lot of ways, the role of the general manager, to appreciate the expertise in each department, utilize it, recognize it, and just tie those departments together.”

“I would say never more than now, this collaboration between departments matter in this industry,” Fuld continued. “I think this previous job, even though I only had it for a year, set me up pretty well for a position like this.”