Knowing the possibility existed that he’d be among the dismissals did not help ease the sting on the final day of the 2012 season, when general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. summoned Gross into the manager’s office at Nationals Park.
“They called me in right after the game was over in Washington,” Gross said. “They told me they were going in a different direction, and they weren’t going to have me back.”
Gross said he walked out without saying a word.
“I basically thought I had been thrown under the bus,” he said. “I know we didn’t hit, but we also didn’t have much of a lineup for most of the year. It was disappointing.”
If Gross thought he deserved better than a pink slip after last season’s uphill battle without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley for half the season, he’s right. The Phillies also fired bench coach Pete Mackanin and first-base coach Sam Perlozzo, two men who were around when the team won its second straight National League pennant in 2009.
“It took me a long time to think about what I wanted to do,” Gross said. “I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to go back into [the Phillies’] system. That wouldn’t have happened. But going to a whole different organization where I don’t really know anybody, I looked at that as a positive thing.”
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