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.
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.
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.
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.