In what amounts to a formality, Major League Baseball owners on Thursday approved Phillies partner John Middleton as the team’s control person at their quarterly meetings in Chicago.
Middleton, 61, joined the Phillies ownership group in 1994 and has steadily gained shares in the club. He and the Buck Family own equal shares of just under 48 percent. David Montgomery and Pat Gillick also own small pieces of the team.
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The control person is accountable for the operation of the club and its compliance with MLB rules.
Montgomery had been the control person since becoming club president in 1997. Middleton assumed the role on a de facto basis late in the summer of 2014. After years in the background, Middleton, with the consent of his partners in the Buck family, emerged and became the public face/spokesman of ownership in the summer of 2015 when he announced the hiring of Andy MacPhail, who rose to the position of club president after the 2015 season.