Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Inquirer: Ruben Amaro vows to keep swinging

With a career .235 batting average…I’d advise him to stop.

Locally, there isn’t much optimism that a new bottle or two will be added to the shelf in 2014 and Amaro, the general manager during the team’s recent struggles, gets the brunt of the blame.

“I’m a human being and, yes, it [ticks] me off because I know our players are better than the perception,” Amaro said Tuesday as a misty rain fell on Pattison Avenue outside his office window. “The team we fielded the last third of the season was not our club. That wasn’t the expectation when we started the season last year.”

“For better or worse, we invested in these guys because they were some of the best players in the game. And we felt that if they stayed healthy, that core of players could sustain our ability to contend,” Amaro said. “If they weren’t going to be healthy, that’s what would cause problems.”

...“If the club we believe is going to break camp is able to stay on the field, we’re a contending team,” Amaro said. “My job is for us to try to be a contending team every year. Our payroll should allow us to do that. We had a couple of crappy years because we couldn’t get guys on the field and couldn’t get the performances we’re accustomed to. Doc Halladay not being healthy crushed us. It’s not his fault. It’s just part of the game. When it happens to guys you are counting on with huge contracts, you can’t just buy your way out with mediocre players.”

...“Ultimately, there’s such a lack of real impact players, you have to try to hold on to them as long as you can. You lock ‘em up so they don’t get on the market, and you overpay them, and the market goes nuts,” Amaro said. “Is [new rightfielder] Marlon Byrd a superstar? Absolutely not. Is he a decent role player for us? Yeah. I have to take a chance on Marlon Byrd because there’s so many other things I’ve got to do. If I go get [premier free-agent outfielder] Carlos Beltran, then I can’t take a chance on [pitcher] Roberto Hernandez. We’ve got a lot of holes to fill, and our job is to try to make the right decision 70 percent of the time, not the wrong decision 70 percent of the time.”

“There are only so many chances to be a champion, and I will never stop believing that if you have a chance, you take the opportunity,” Amaro said. “If you don’t take a chance on Adam Eaton, then maybe you don’t take a chance on Jayson Werth. You have to take your swings.”

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: phillies

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: January 15, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4639662)
If I go get [premier free-agent outfielder] Carlos Beltran, then I can’t take a chance on [pitcher] Roberto Hernandez.

Don't they have logic courses at Stanford?
   2. Textbook Editor Posted: January 15, 2014 at 02:36 PM (#4639694)
If I go get [premier free-agent outfielder] Carlos Beltran, then I can’t take a chance on [pitcher] Roberto Hernandez.


If the possibility of losing "taking a chance" Roberto Hernandez caused them to miss out on Beltran, Amaro's logic train is completely broken.
   3. Baseballs Most Beloved Figure Posted: January 15, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4639719)
Amaro seems to think that the job of being a GM is to "take a chance" on a bunch of players.
   4. Jeltzandini Posted: January 15, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4639737)
In conclusion, we're extending Ryan Howard for four additional years.
   5. GregD Posted: January 15, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4639742)
You have to get a hit some time, right? That's why you keep swinging
   6. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: January 15, 2014 at 03:38 PM (#4639746)
Amaro seems to think that the job of being a GM is to "take a chance" on a bunch of players.

He should be an investment adviser instead.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 15, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4639793)
He must continue to swing, because he is...a wild and crazy guy!!
   8. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 15, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4639806)
This article is impressive. It is clearly a soft piece giving Amaro a chance to defend himself and get his point of view out there without being questioned yet he still manages to come off as clueless and incompetent in it.
   9. Khrushin it bro Posted: January 15, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4639842)
   10. JRVJ Posted: January 15, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4639848)
Something Amaro hasn't done in the last two off-seasons is lose draft picks due to FA signings (even though the Phillies have a protected 1st rounder this year). I don't know how many drafts a team needs to rebuild their farm system, but this is a promising sign.
   11. Zonk is a cagey fellow Posted: January 15, 2014 at 05:40 PM (#4639864)
Typical BBTF.

Everybody is slamming Amaro but nobody is giving him credit for actually getting the still-active Roberto Hernandez who used to be Fausto Carmona and not the 49 yo former closer... I mean, the guy is saddled with working off of 10 year old scouting reports and you people can't even recognize the difficulty of that task?

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Darren
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-25-2018
(2 - 10:03am, Jun 25)
Last: VCar

NewsblogOTP 2018 June 18: How Life Imitates the Congressional Baseball Game
(1722 - 9:59am, Jun 25)
Last: Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza (let's call it July 2018)
(17 - 9:55am, Jun 25)
Last: Omineca Greg

NewsblogOT: Soccer Thread (World Cup)
(982 - 9:55am, Jun 25)
Last: Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1944 Discussion
(12 - 9:44am, Jun 25)
Last: DL from MN

NewsblogRamirez not under federal investigation; friend dropped his name hoping to avoid arrest
(9 - 9:33am, Jun 25)
Last: karlmagnus

NewsblogMike Trout Is Compiling a Historic Season and the Angels Are Wasting It Again
(62 - 9:29am, Jun 25)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogWeekend OMNICHATTER for June 23-24, 2018
(132 - 8:56am, Jun 25)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogReport: Cops Looking Into Hanley Ramirez's Possible Connection To Fentanyl Trafficking Ring
(25 - 8:53am, Jun 25)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - Arizona Diamondbacks
(26 - 10:30pm, Jun 24)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

NewsblogLate Yankees Pitching Coach Billy Connors: A Character With A Huge Appetite For Life
(28 - 9:57pm, Jun 24)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Sox TherapyA Pleasant Trip So Far
(59 - 9:22pm, Jun 24)
Last: SoSH U at work

Gonfalon CubsClicking
(96 - 9:02pm, Jun 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogMariners rallying to get Ichiro in Home Run Derby
(30 - 9:00pm, Jun 24)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogOT - 2018 NBA Summer Potpourri (finals, draft, free agency, Colangelo dragging)
(1872 - 8:21pm, Jun 24)
Last: sardonic

Page rendered in 0.2542 seconds
46 querie(s) executed