PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies announced on Wednesday that David Montgomery is out as president of the team. Montgomery will return to the team as chairman, not president, confirming an October report from 94WIP’s Howard Eskin.

Pat Gillick will continue his current position as president and Bill Giles will take the position of chairman emeritus. Montgomery had been away from the team recovering from cancer surger.

Hear the extended interview with Dave Montgomery in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 15:04)…

 

From the Phillies’ release:

“It is expected that in his role as Phillies Chairman, Montgomery will remain active in Philadelphia civic, business, sports, and charitable endeavors, and also will maintain his close association with Phillies fans, customers, and sponsors.  He will continue to be very involved in Major League Baseball committees and projects, as well.

“David Montgomery said the following: ‘I am fortunate to be healthy enough now to resume some of my previous responsibilities.  I am very appreciative that Pat Gillick is willing and available to remain as the club’s President.  Pat and I have become very close since he joined us in the fall of 2005.  I look forward to returning to work as Phillies Chairman.’ ”