Steve Phillips has no current interest in being a GM
Steve Phillips' elevation to ESPN's Sunday night booth is the latest evidence his broadcasting career is going quite well, thank you.
So . . . at age 45 and six years removed from his term as the Mets' general manager, is this his permanent landing place?
"Thats a good question," he said before the Mets' home opener Monday night.
"A lot of former managers have that burning passion to get back on the field and manage. Sometimes players have that burning passion to get back on the field and coach at some point. I dont have that burning desire to go back and GM."
More from Phillips below.
Photo: Newsday/Ken Sawchuk"Its not a job, its a lifestyle . . . I've enjoyed this lifestyle to where theres an offseason to where you can take a week in the summertime, and at the end of the day, somebody wins and somebody loses and I dont have an owner calling me wondering whats going on with the team.
"I have four boys [ages 7 to 16]. It lets me get involved with coaching the teams and being on sports boards in town, and to have a life. That has dollar value to me. It has a lot more dollar value to me than it did before.
"I still travel, but its less travel than when I was general managing. I could be the hardest-working guy at ESPN and its less time than I had to put in for the GM job."
Phillips said after the Mets let him go, he did not think he would make a new career of television.
"I was looking for a corporate position in New York, because I thought as soon as some big-name player retires, thats the guy who pushes me out, because Im not that guy. But having the general manager's perspective is different and has given me my own niche at ESPN because it sounds different from a manager or player talking about it."