August 25, 1992 |
It was 139 nights ago, but it seems like another lifetime to Ruben Amaro when he electrified a city. It was the second game of the season. Lenny Dykstra had interrupted a fastball with his wrist in the opener. A funk descended. Everybody understood what Dude meant to the Phillies. Manager Jim Fregosi, who had little choice, wrote Amaro into Dykstra's spot playing center and leading off and hoped for the best. That first game was better than Fregosi or anybody else could have possibly hoped for. On April 8 at Veterans Stadium, he had a fairy tale beginning, with two doubles, a homer, three runs batted in and three runs scored.
February 14, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While most of the 27 other pitchers in camp got their arms in motion, half of them preparing to throw off the mounds, Cole Hamels played catch at a shorter distance. He's behind the rest of the pitchers in camp, just as he said he would be a day earlier. He hopes to throw his first bullpen session before the end of next weekend. Hamels, who is throwing pain-free after battling biceps tendinitis in November, is unconcerned and believes he can play catch-up, even if he's not able to take the ball on Opening Day. The man who signed Hamels to the richest contract in Phillies history also isn't worried.
June 5, 1987 |
Ruben Amaro, Stanford University's senior leftfielder, is feeling better than the average College World Series participant. That's because he soon will be playing pro ball, having been selected by the California Angels in the 11th round of the major league draft. "I was hoping to get a chance last year, but I was thinking too far ahead of the game," Amaro said. "I was worried more about getting drafted than I was about just playing well. "I didn't come around to hit like I knew I could until I played last summer in the Cape Cod (college)
August 30, 1993 |
Sometime before the team leaves Chicago on Wednesday, it's very likely that Ruben Amaro will be wearing a Phillies uniform again and that Mike Williams will be, briefly, off the big-league roster. General manager Lee Thomas yesterday preferred not to discuss the specifics of any move he might make, beyond indicating that one would take place before the Sept. 1 deadline for adding postseason-eligible players. By demoting Williams temporarily - he probably would be put back on the roster when it can be expanded after Sept.
March 27, 1993 |
The Phillies have 35 players left in camp. The simple arithmetic means that sometime before the regular season opens a week from Monday in Houston, there will be 10 players who will be approached by a coach and get the whispered message that manager Jim Fregosi would like to see them in his office. There, the news will be delivered that the player is being returned to the minors or, occasionally, released. More arithmetic is working against outfielder Ruben Amaro. The numbers began to add up at the winter meetings when the Phillies signed outfielders Pete Incaviglia and Milt Thompson to free agent contracts and announced that Dale Murphy would be returning as a non-roster invitee.
July 1, 2009 |
Raul Ibanez, out with a groin strain, worked out with Reading yesterday afternoon in preparation for a planned rehabilitation game with the Phillies' double-A team tonight. Ibanez ran in the outfield, played catch, ran the bases, and took batting practice in an indoor cage. He will work out today, and if he feels good, will play tonight. Ibanez will require three or four rehab games, or about 10 at-bats, meaning that while a Friday return is unlikely, the leftfielder could return shortly thereafter, barring setbacks.
August 18, 2013 |
When it was time for Ruben Amaro Jr. to announce that manager Charlie Manuel had been fired by the Phillies, the general manager became emotional as he delivered the official goodbye. "I just want to say this," Amaro said as his voice grew thick and halting. "You people may not know the relationship I've had with Charlie. He's a special person. This is difficult for me. I hope he stays in our organization. " Amaro had good reason to regret the way the change went down, because the team's front office had a lot to do with Manuel not being able to finish out his contract with more dignity than can be conferred in a hastily called August afternoon news conference.
August 4, 1998 |
The Phillies' bullpen is overworked and the next scheduled break is nine days away. Hmmm . . . Could a non-pitcher be pressed into hurling service? "I'd prefer to avoid that," manager Terry Francona said. "But at the same time, you don't want to run guys out there so much that you risk getting them hurt. I don't know. Maybe if there's a blowout and a glaring need . . . " In 1989, the team with the glaring need was the Milwaukee Brewers and the first baseman-outfielder who filled it was Francona.
August 8, 1992 |
Ruben Amaro hit a grand slam and Cary Williams drove in three runs on three hits to lead the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons to an 8-2 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox last night in an International League game. Amaro hit his first minor-league home run of the season for the Red Barons, who scored five runs in the eighth inning to break open the game with the Red Sox. Tim Mauser won his seventh game for Scranton, and Williams hit his seventh home run of the season. HAGERSTOWN 9, READING 5 READING - Hagerstown first baseman Brent Miller hit two doubles and drove in three runs as the Suns defeated the Phillies in an Eastern League game.
January 16, 2014 |
On top of a bookcase in one corner of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s office, there is an arrangement of champagne bottles, with cork and foil in place and commemorative labels marking the occasions. They are lined up like soldiers in silent formation, offering a salute to division titles and playoff clinches and pennant winners and one amazing run to a World Series championship. The bottles aren't dusty - that would be too easy a metaphor - but they haven't gotten recent company, either, something that Amaro and the Phillies spend every day at Citizens Bank Park working to change.