That part's not really true. He was hired at the end of June but didn't start until the end of the season. I doubt he was even in physically in Philadelphia for much of that time. So yeah he was wasting time, but it's on Middleton, and, especially, Gillick (who was not only president but did and does have a small ownership share) that they didn't just put him in charge right away, and it's also on them that they didn't fire Amaro (preferably before that season had even started, but instead they waited until mid-September). Even not being officially on the job MacPhail could have been interviewing candidates in July or August).
Of course the real issue there is he knew who he was probably going to hire and was just waiting for the Angels season to end. Meanwhile the Brewers hired an Astros assistant who left Houston the minute he got the job in August).
I still think it's lame that he could have kept or lost his job just based on how the past few weeks go - even, allegedly, by making the playoffs now and lucking out, unlikely as both those things are. Really, it was pathetic that they didn't fire him last year. It's pathetic to say this 60-game result greatly changed his performance or their evaluaton of him either way.
Bottom line, did Klentak improve the franchise? At the major league level, a lot, but still not enough, and mostly by checkbook. At the minor league level, yikes.
And while we don't really know anything yet, it's also discouraging that MacPhail doesn't seem to be in the rumor mill.
The Phillies have mostly won, when they've won, in spite of poor ownershp and management, helped along by the kind of draft classes unintentional failure can provide. And then by stadium and now TV money. Can they get it right this time? And if the changes to the system have been as fruitless as they seem, how long will that overhaul take?