November 3, 2008
Who: Ruben Amaro Jr. Age: 43 Management career: Became an assistant general manager for the Phillies immediately following his retirement as a player in 1998, and has been in the position since. Just completed his third season under GM Pat Gillick. Growing up: Born and raised in Philly, he was a batboy for the Phillies from 1980-83 while his father, Ruben Sr., was a first-base coach. Education: The 1983 Penn Charter product graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in human biology.
May 7, 1996 |
On Sunday morning, Ruben Amaro left a message for Phillies general manager Lee Thomas. He had just been released by the Triple A Syracuse Chiefs and was looking for a job. Thomas didn't get back to him right away. After all, the Phillies had no openings. By the sixth inning last night, Amaro was playing rightfield for the Phillies. In the eighth, he singled to center. Obviously, things had changed. In Atlanta, Phillies outfielder Lee Tinsley felt a pull on his right side while taking batting practice before Sunday's game against the Braves.
July 7, 2010 |
Twenty-five days remain until the trade deadline, so naturally, Ruben Amaro Jr. is keeping his options open - at least publicly. The Phillies' general manager met with reporters for about 15 minutes before Tuesday's game and covered a wide range of topics regarding possible moves his third-place club could make. Amaro is looking for starting pitching, first and foremost. The infield is wounded without Chase Utley and Placido Polanco - and Amaro has had talks with various clubs about acquiring infielders.
July 8, 1993 |
Would someone please remind Ruben Amaro Jr. that this is only batting practice? Here it is, two hours before game time, and Amaro is shagging fly balls as if he were playing the seventh game of the World Series. Then Amaro stands in the batter's box and studies Phillies coach John Vukovich, a jelly-armed 45- year-old BP pitcher, as if he were facing Dwight Gooden. Then Amaro puts on full catcher's gear in 92-degree heat and starts catching batting practice. No one catches big-league batting practice.
May 23, 1993 |
Ruben Amaro's single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons to a 3-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings last night in the International League. Amaro's hit came off Jeff Williams with the bases loaded. Joe Millette, who reached on a fielder's choice after Sean Ryan led off the inning with a single, scored the winning run. He advanced to third base on walks by Steve Bieser and Kevin Stocker. Tim Mauser retired the only two men he faced, with two on in the top of the 10th, to earn the victory.
September 12, 2014 |
CLIFF LEE made a quick trip to Philadelphia this week for the first of two checkups with doctors this month. Following Tuesday's exam with Phillies team doctor Michael Ciccotti, general mnager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee's ailing left elbow has improved. Lee will be checked out again at the end of the season. He is expected to begin throwing in early November, according to Amaro. "We'll see where it goes from there," Amaro said yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Lee wasn't available for comment.
November 25, 2008 |
Ruben Amaro Jr. has not had much time to reflect on the Phillies' World Series championship. He has been too busy since he replaced Pat Gillick as general manager. "It's been a bit of whirlwind," Amaro said last night at the Phillies' World Series DVD premiere at the Bridge Cinema De Lux in Philadelphia. "It'll be nice to sit down, watch what happened, and kind of relive it. " But while the Phillies and their fans enjoyed the story of the 2008 season at five area theaters last night, the Phillies' future remains a hot topic of conversation - and nothing has been hotter than the condition of Chase Utley's hip. Utley had surgery on his right hip yesterday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
July 25, 1992 |
Ruben Amaro began this season a hero in his home town. Now, unless he is recalled in September, he will end it forgotten in Scranton. The Phillies sent the struggling rookie outfielder back to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre yesterday to make room on the roster for another outfielder, Jim Lindeman, who was reactivated after being on the disabled list since May 10 with a back ailment. Amaro, who hit three homers in the season's first week, while filling in for the injured Lenny Dykstra, couldn't maintain that pace.
October 15, 2005 |
Houston Astros general manager Tim Purpura said Thursday that Ruben Amaro Jr. should be a candidate for every general manager's vacancy in baseball. Well, he's a candidate for at least two jobs so far. Amaro is a candidate for the Phillies' job, and a baseball source said yesterday that he will interview for a senior front-office position with the Baltimore Orioles today. It's unclear exactly what the position will be, but it clearly would be a promotion for Amaro, who has been assistant GM with the Phillies since 1998.
November 6, 2014 |
A.J. BURNETT'S decision to turn down a guaranteed $12.75 million from the Phillies - and what could have been as much as $14.5 million if he had reached incentives - was apparently due to the pitcher's preference to play for a playoff-hopeful team in 2015. Through his agent, Burnett, who turns 38 in January, said he plans to pitch next season. Burnett flirted with retirement last winter; this offseason, he wants to land on a contending team. It's worth wondering, then, if other veterans on the current Phillies roster would also rather be elsewhere come Opening Day. On the first day of free agency, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was open to all possibilities as he begins the challenging process of remaking his roster.