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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

‘Pull of the dugout’ lures Ruben Amaro Jr. to Boston Red Sox

dmittedly, going from being a major-league general manager to becoming a first-base coach is far from a typical career path.

But Ruben Amaro Jr., who served as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for eight seasons before being named first-base coach and outfield instructor by the Red Sox Monday, wasn’t interested in convention.

“I guess it is unusual,’’ allowed Amaro in a conference call with reporters. “But for me, I’ve always had kind of an itch to be back on the field. Clearly, I had a great opportunity to work in the front office with Philadelphia for many, many years. But all the while, when you sit in that seat, there’s always an observation. And (having been a) player for many years, (getting back on the field is) always something I thought about quite a bit, and I was afforded a wonderful opportunity when John [Farrell] called about 8 or 10 days ago. And one thing kind of led to another, and here I am.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 03:29 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, red sox, ruben amaro jr.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Red Sox hire Ruben Amaro, Jr. a first base coach.

Former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will be making a rare transition in 2016, when he returns to the playing field as the Boston Red Sox’s new first-base coach.

A baseball source confirmed the pending hiring, which was first reported Saturday by the Boston Globe.

CraigK Posted: October 25, 2015 at 12:46 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: boston red sox, ruben amaro jr.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Ruben Amaro, Phillies deal for 12 prospects |

Does this make Ruben a tenth level or eleventh level genius?

“This was as well prepared as we’ve been,” Amaro said. “There were no shortage of suitors, and when you’re talking about five or six teams to cover all those players and all those prospects … we started to target some of those guys during the offseason. The scouting and the addition of the analytics portion of these evaluations put us in the best position to be ready to make the trades.”

Quality is key. Some folks considered the Phillies’ farm system to be among the bottom third in baseball before this season. Following the 2015 Draft and the prospects they received from Texas, Washington and Toronto, some believe they have catapulted into the top half, if not the top third.

But quantity is key, too.

“They always say to get five if you need 10,” Gillick said. “It’s a numbers game. We think we got the numbers, and we think we got the quality. Hopefully out of that group, we’ll get four or five of them that’ll be able to perform in the Major Leagues.”

“You want to dream as much as you possibly can, but you also have to be realistic about the players,” Amaro said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr., trade deadline

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Expect another apology by Phillies GM Ruben Amaro after clumsy comments about Chase Utley | FOX Sports

The reaction to this seems a little overblown. In 249 PA, Utley has hit .179/.257/.275. In 212 PA, Cesar Hernandez is hitting .301/.386/.383.

Here is what the Phillies’ general manager should have said Tuesday when asked if second baseman Chase Utley would reclaim his position after coming off the disabled list:

“It’s too soon to answer that. Chase has meant a lot to this franchise. Cesar Hernandez is playing well. We’ll see where we are when Chase comes off the DL. So much can happen between now and then.”

Every other GM would have offered some variation of that answer. But Amaro, when asked if Utley still would be the primary second baseman once healthy, told reporters, “Not for me, he’s not. Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman. I would assume that Cesar would be our second baseman. I think that’s fair.”


“I don’t know if it has to be,” Amaro said. “Chase’s situation will kind of dictate itself, how he feels. There’ll be time for him to play, I think. He could play some first base. He could play some second.

“But as far as I’m concerned, just like what our plan has been for a long, long time, and that’s to give opportunities to young men who could be part of our future.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Phillies Hire Andy MacPhail As Pat Gillick’s Successor

Andy brings an uncommon blend of old school experience and new age thinking. … In 1986, Andy was the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when he served in that role for the Twins. The following year, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series title. When the Orioles hired him eight years ago, Andy became the first president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball. During his tenure in Baltimore, he greatly expanded the use of statistical analysis in player evaluations. That’s the new age thinking.”

Welcome to the 90s Phils!!!

eddieot Posted: June 29, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Matt Goldman: Andy MacPhail set to join Phillies as top executive

It’s finally happening…

According to Jon Heyman, the Phillies are expected to name former Twins, Cubs, and Orioles executive Andy MacPhail as the new leader of the club. While current President Pat Gillick will remain with Philadelphia in a consultation role, MacPhail will take over the lion’s share of responsibility when it comes to the Phillies’ future. He’s set to be installed soon, as it will give him ample time to “evaluate the team’s general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg”.

JE (Jason) Posted: June 25, 2015 at 10:07 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, pat gillick, phillies, ruben amaro jr.



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