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Seems awfully simplistic to decide that what a GM says to the press in an interview is the guiding policy of the entire team.
I don't believe Amaro is the worst GM ever, only that he occupies the job in the decline phase of the Phillie franchise.
This is a real non sequitor. Amaro is simply a bad GM, based on the talent he has decided to acquire and let go, and the price he is willing to pay for talent. The "phase" of the Phillies is immaterial. This isn't some 5th century Roman Emperor - he is a person with a clear and obvious record that can be judged based on player performance.
I didn't think it was possible, but Amaro well may be gone.
As much as the Phillies hate getting swept in DC, dropping into fourth place, three games behind the Mets, has got to be humiliating for ownership and fanbase alike.
Jesse Barfield's Right Arm (#2) is 100% right about this article: it's remarkable to see coming from the beat writer for a major-market newspaper covering the team.
What this indicates is that someone higher in the pecking order than Amaro is feeding the beat guys information that it's okay to take aim at Amaro. If they still thought Amaro had the juice to constrain their access they'd still write the puff pieces. Beat writers live and die by access. A beat writer without access is just a blogger in crumpled khakis.
That's a pretty btchy phrase.
This is actually a pretty interesting point (I write "actually" only because I was expecting some delightful anti-Phillies trolling from you, Sam). I tend to think, however, that it would be a stronger point if the guy was the beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer as opposed to the Daily News, which is Philly's tabloid equivalent to the New York Post or New York Daily News. OTOH it's owned by the same company as the Inquirer, which is why it appears on the same website.
#1 undersells this. For a beat writer at a major city daily, this is exceptional work.
If the Phils don't show signs of life in Atlanta, I'm predicting Manuel (and perhaps also Amaro) will get fired on Thursday, an off day before a 9-game home stand.
There would be no better sign of a brighter future for the organization than someone high up feeding bad info about Amaro to the press. There needs to be a new GM in time to hire the new manager.
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