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December 27, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR THE first time in 10 years, the Phillies of 2012 failed to finish a season with a winning record. In the days following the season finale, manager Charlie Manuel was placed squarely into the crosshairs of outsiders seeking a fall guy. Manuel, whose contract expires after the 2013 season, watched his bosses promote Triple A manager and rumored major league manager heir apparent Ryne Sandberg to the Phillies' coaching staff. In a news conference days after the season ended with a series of coaching changes, Manuel answered all of the questions correctly, and with confidence, too. He isn't worried about his job security.
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November 2, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
ALTHOUGH TEAMS are allowed to sign free agents from other teams beginning 6 days after the World Series - which means midnight on Friday this year - baseball's hot-stove season generally doesn't get any hotter than in early December at the Winter Meetings. But Ruben Amaro Jr. worked quicker than most last year. He had a future Hall of Famer and a four-time All-Star closer outfitted for red pinstripes a week and a half before sitting down for his Thanksgiving dinner. So Amaro should have a new centerfielder signed before most people wake up Saturday morning, right?
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July 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - The trade deadline is 20 days away and Jonathan Papelbon is eager to move on from the Phillies to a team in contention. Asked on Wednesday night if he was ready to move on if a contender came calling, Papelbon gave an affirmative, "Yeah," and added an almost incredulous laugh, too, for effect. Papelbon also said it was "mind-boggling" to him that anyone would want to stay on a last-place team, that it was a "no-brainer" to move on if given the chance. How exactly did his boss react to that?
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December 12, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Roy Halladay's decline, declaring for free agency and then sudden retirement on Monday was a stark reminder of a glaring hole that still remains on the Phillies' roster. The rotation still needs a replacement for Halladay, and starting pitching depth in general. So when rumors of the Phillies listening to trade offers for Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee swirled through the hallways and conference rooms at Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort yesterday morning, it was pretty difficult to take them seriously.
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August 22, 1996 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
As Ruben Amaro's mother keeps reminding him, it's always taken him longer than most of the other kids. "My teeth came in late. I didn't reach puberty until I was 14," he said, smiling as he leaned against the bat rack before the Phillies' game last night at Dodger Stadium. And maybe that's it. Maybe that's why Amaro, who seemed less likely than, say, Julio Peguero to resurface in a Phillies uniform after he was traded to the Cleveland Indians after the 1993 season, has not only made it back but carved out a niche for himself.
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June 26, 1993 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
When Ruben Amaro was called up from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 17, word was he would get some starts against lefthanded pitching while Wes Chamberlain was on the disabled list. For more than a week, it didn't work out that way. Jim Eisenreich was swinging a hot bat. Manager Jim Fregosi kept him in the lineup. Last night, though, Fregosi decided Eisenreich needed a rest. Amaro, hitless in three at-bats as a pinch-hitter since his arrival, got the start he had been waiting for. And he didn't whiff it. He had the first four-hit game of his major league career, including a two- run homer in the eighth that lifted the Phillies to an 8-6 win over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
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November 17, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - The caveat was necessary for a man who has dealt away aces and top prospects, players thought untouchable - a label that, truthfully, does not exist in baseball and certainly not in Ruben Amaro Jr.'s mind. "I can't say we'd never, ever trade anybody," Amaro said. In an empty ballroom at the Pfister Hotel, the Phillies general manager flashed a trademark smirk as his meetings with the rest of baseball's deal-makers neared completion. Amaro still has about $60 million to spend this winter, and that is his priority.
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July 17, 2013 | By Matt Gelb and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEW YORK - Bill Giles watches from the periphery now; he attends the All-Star Game every summer to represent the National League as its honorary president. He is the chairman of the Phillies, although his role is reduced with age. And yet Giles is the soul of the Phillies, the man who organized the current ownership group that bought the team for $32.5 million in 1981. He sees a team in limbo. "I used to be very involved in making decisions and working with the general manager, and this is the most difficult last two weeks in July I have ever seen," Giles, 78, said.
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August 11, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Ruben Amaro Jr. recently engaged a few of his rival general managers in discussions, the topic of third base arose, and they all reached one conclusion: It is a difficult position to fill. "Somebody's going to play there," Amaro said. "We'll have to try to figure it out. " The Phillies, theoretically, have three lineup holes to fill for 2013. Amaro has effectively guaranteed Domonic Brown one of the outfield jobs, leaving two others, plus third base. The rest of the infield is locked up, assuming the team exercises catcher Carlos Ruiz's $5 million option.
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December 20, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE BULK of the work is finished, with a third baseman (Michael Young), a centerfielder (Ben Revere), a setup man (Mike Adams) and a fifth starter (John Lannan) all outfitted in Phillies red before Christmas. But Ruben Amaro Jr. isn't finished with his offseason shopping, even if he did allow the possibility of going to spring training in 2 months with the current roster. "It's very possible that we have the answers internally," Amaro said of what would appear to be a glaring need for a reliable, productive, veteran bat for the outfield.
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August 31, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - A little more than 3 hours before last night's first pitch, Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the players gathered in the visiting team clubhouse at Citi Field. The Phillies' general manager reiterated the developments of Thursday, that in the wake of David Montgomery's medical leave of absence, Pat Gillick will be interim team president. "We'll go about our business status quo," Amaro told a group of reporters a few minutes later. "I'll report to Pat. [Manager Ryne Sandberg]
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August 22, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IN MY SMALL OPINION . . . Timing can be everything, and, frankly, this is a bad time for Phillies president David Montgomery to have given general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. another public vote of confidence. Obviously, what Montgomery thinks behind closed doors will differ from what he says publicly about the team's future, but it was irresponsible for Montgomery to have told a group of fans the other day that "[Amaro] is not on the hot seat. " When your major league club is 15 games under .500 with the third-highest payroll in baseball and your minor league system is devoid of promising prospects, no one can be off the "hot seat" - especially not the person overseeing the entire organization.
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August 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Ruben Amaro Jr. asked a small group of reporters to follow him. He found a spot in the empty stands, hours before another Phillies game, and talked for 30 minutes about the missteps that led to another failure. "Listen, I'm the GM of the club, so I fully expect to take heat for it," Amaro said. "I'm the one who is making the decisions on player personnel. I'm accountable for the things that have happened. I have not had a very good year; our team did not have a very good year.
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August 11, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
IN PHILADELPHIA this past week, sports fans were hoping that Ruben Amaro was going to make one or more trades in an attempt to restock the Phillies' farm system with young players who have "Big League" potential. When Ruben failed to do so, all across the Internet and the sports radio airwaves, a tidal wave of criticism and scorn from angry Philly sports fans ensued. Ruben exacerbated his problem and further sparked the fans' ire by making a seemingly nonsensical comment about this failure when he said, "Not disappointed, more surprised that there wasn't more aggressive action from the other end. " In fact, July 31, 2014, the day of the major league baseball trading deadline, was one of the most explosively active trade deadline days in recent years.
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August 6, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE MOST OMINOUS aspect of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s inaction at the trade deadline wasn't his failure to add young talent capable of helping the Phillies compete within the next couple of years. Rather, it was his apparent belief that he had a legitimate chance of doing so, which suggests the sixth-year general manager still does not fully grasp the amount of reconstruction that will be required to turn the Phillies roster into something that doesn't make fans want to spew the folks in front of them with partially digested Schmitter.
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August 2, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The four TVs in the visitors clubhouse at Nationals Park were black minutes before Thursday's trade deadline, to muffle the last rumors. Marlon Byrd retreated to a small room to digest video. A.J. Burnett and Jonathan Papelbon commandeered a table in an adjacent cafeteria to watch MLB Network as blockbuster deals without Phillies manifested. This marked one of the busiest deadlines in baseball history; 37 players moved in 12 trades. When 4 p.m. passed without a Phillies transaction, it was not an indictment of Ruben Amaro Jr's inability to trade.
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August 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
WASHINGTON - Shortly after nothing happened, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. promised something was going to happen. "I don't see a scenario right now where our roster is going to be the same roster in April that it is right now," Amaro said Thursday after baseball's non-waiver trade deadline expired without the Phillies making a single move. "It will change. It will need to change because we need to get better. " There are not many things you could get Phillies fans to agree with Amaro about during these dark days, but the idea that his last-place ball club needs to make changes is definitely one they'd be on board with.
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August 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Just before ducking into the visiting radio booth yesterday morning - a half-hour before the matinee with the Mets and about 29 hours before today's trade deadline - Ruben Amaro Jr. spotted a couple of reporters. The Phillies general manager playfully raised his eyebrows and rubbed his hands together, as if he was hatching a secret plan. The details of that (imaginary?) plan is the great mystery, of course, as Amaro declined comment twice before his team wrapped up a three-game series at Citi Field.
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August 1, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE GENERAL manager who has failed to produce a winning season since 2011 insisted he has a realistic sense of the market value of the players. It is the general managers who are actually in contention for the playoffs whose valuations are misguided. This is the world according to Ruben Amaro Jr., a place where fundamental economic principles do not apply. The real world? That's a different place. In the real world, market value is whatever the market says it is. And the market doesn't give a damn what you think about its judgments.
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July 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND ON the third day, Ryan Howard rested. Again. After Howard was held out of the Phillies lineup in each of the two previous games against the San Francisco Giants, manager Ryne Sandberg kept the former MVP in the dugout again last night against lefthander Wade Miley and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Howard appeared to be a little more than unhappy on Thursday afternoon. But yesterday, he was a bit more upbeat as he walked out of the clubhouse before batting practice. The length of his stay out of the lineup is unknown, as Sandberg continues to say he writes out his lineup "on a day-to-day" basis.
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