Phillies turned down by Twins GM Thad Levine after being granted permission to interview

Thad Levine is Grampa Simpson and the Phillies were the house of ill repute where Bart worked.

The Phillies, according to Minneapolis’ ABC affiliate, received permission from the Twins to interview general manager Thad Levine for their vacant head of baseball operations position, which is expected to carry a title higher than GM. 

Shortly after that news came out Friday, it was reported that Levine is no longer a candidate and prefers to stay in Minnesota.

Thad Levine, who looked like a strong candidate for the Phillies top baseball job, is no longer in the mix. Word is he loves his situation in Minnesota and apparently preferred to stay working on the successful Twins turnaround. Byrnes, Hill, maybe others still believed in.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 5, 2020

The whole thing lasted less than a day, publicly. The Twins may have given Levine a lil’ financial sweetener to stay.

Levine, 49, has been Minnesota’s GM since 2016, working under 37-year-old Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey. The pair was hired after a 103-loss season, the Twins’ worst since 1949. The Twins improved by 26 wins in their first year, and two seasons later won 101 games.

Levine also turned down the Mets two years ago when they sought an interview.

The Twins are 300-246 under the front office regime, a full-season pace of 89 wins. Minnesota has made the playoffs in three of four years despite a player…

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