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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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April 4, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It's rarely the harbinger of a great baseball season when a general manager has to begin things by apologizing at the outset for insulting one of the best players in franchise history. That, however, is how the glorious 2015 season began for Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. He privately told Ryan Howard he was sorry for saying the Phils would be better off without the big first baseman on the roster. The apology was sincere insofar as Amaro did truly wish he hadn't said that out loud, but the meat of the issue - that the GM would prefer Howard were somewhere else - is not as easy to deny.
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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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July 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - A day after Jonathan Papelbon said "it's time to you-know-what or get off the pot," regarding the Phillies' efforts to trade him, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he understands the closer's stance. "The man wants to go and play for a contender. That's why he signed with us," Amaro told WIP-FM (94.1) Tuesday morning. "That was what we sold him [on] when we were having the discussion to bring him here to Philadelphia. At the time . . . I felt like we were one of the best clubs in baseball and tried to add the best closer available and we did. "And sadly, we haven't lived up to our part of the bargain.
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July 10, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WHILE IT may be a tad presumptuous to attempt to speak for an entire fan base, I should note that, over the past six months or so, my job has evolved from a pure writing role to include some light interpersonal therapy work with Phillies fans. They recognize me from the five years I spent as the Daily News' traveling beat writer. Sure, it can get awkward when somebody approaches and starts ranting about some guy named Ruben when I am hanging out with a friend or acquaintance who is unfamiliar with the strength of the emotional ties that bind this city to its sports teams (FRIEND: Ex-boyfriend?
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July 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy MacPhail, who at season's end will take the reins as the new Phillies' president, said he never liked the word evaluate . He prefers learn . "I've got three months to learn what I need to learn," he said Monday afternoon in his introductory news conference at Citizens Bank Park. "I think it's way premature to talk about personnel decisions. "I'm not one of those guys who has to have people I know around me. I don't think the record would indicate that four people get let go the minute I'm in there.
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June 19, 2015
The putrid results put forth by the Phillies lately sometimes lead to a managerial change. But before the game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, oft-maligned general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. threw his support behind manager Ryne Sandberg. "Fully supportive of Ryne," Amaro said. "I guess there's a lot of social media stuff going on about him out there. We're fully supportive of Ryne and the staff. "We've had our challenges this year. There's no question we have not played nearly as well as we would've liked.
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May 29, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ruben Amaro Jr.'s latest pitch about the ignorance of fans had less control than a Jake Diekman fastball. What he said to CSNPhilly.com was as dumb as a tiger entering a den of lions and rubbing the ears of a lioness. Yes, the Phillies general manager got what he deserved on this one. If he had only applied the rule about thinking before speaking he could have avoided a media maelstrom and made a valid point about how patience is needed in the midst of a rebuilding project. Instead, he just ticked off a bunch of people who already had him ranked one level below pond scum.
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May 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Ruben Amaro Jr. sat in the visiting dugout at Citi Field a little more than 3 hours before first pitch yesterday, well aware of the "firestorm" he created about 100 miles south. In a story published on csnphilly.com yesterday morning, the embattled general manager was asked about his pitching prospects at Double A Reading, including rising righthanders Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin, and whether he was aware that a lot fans would prefer for him to be aggressive and bring them up to a major league club in need.
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May 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apologized Tuesday for comments critical of the team's fans, citing a poor choice of words in explaining the organization's conservative process with its top minor-league pitching prospects. In an interview with CSNPhilly.com, Amaro said in response to a question about fans who want the Phillies to more aggressively promote their prospects: "They don't understand the game. They don't understand the process. "There's a process," he continued.
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May 28, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
T HE TEXT buzzed Ruben Amaro Jr.'s phone sometime in mid-afternoon yesterday, after he issued a couple of mea culpas on the radio and before appearing in front of reporters and television cameras inside the visitor's dugout at Citi Field. "Dad, what did you say about the fans?" Andrea Amaro asked. "Sweetheart, I'll talk to you later," the Phillies general manager texted back to his high school-aged daughter. "I'm going to go and apologize now. There was a little bit of a misunderstanding.
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May 28, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
To explain what Ruben Amaro Jr. did wrong, to understand his biggest mistake in telling CSNPhilly.com on Monday that Phillies fans who "bitch and complain" about the team's rebuilding efforts "don't understand the game" and "don't understand the process," let's begin with what Sam Hinkie did right three months ago. This was Feb. 20, the day after the NBA trade deadline, and Hinkie, the 76ers general manager, was holding a news conference, answering...
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May 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - As he surveyed the fields on the Carpenter Complex two months ago, where a Who's Who of Phillies prospects were at play on a day when the major leaguers were out of town, Ruben Amaro Jr. stated what should have been an obvious point for a general manager of a rebuilding team. "I know with the fan base the focus is always on the major league club - but a lot of our focus is really right down here [on the minor league talent], and how we can continue to develop and acquire and procure young talent," Amaro said that afternoon in Clearwater, Fla. "And that's what we're doing.
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