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September 11, 2015 | David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
IN ORDER TO have an honest conversation about Ruben Amaro Jr., you must accept three things: 1) The Phillies never had to become this bad. 2) Amaro might not be entirely to blame for them becoming this bad. 3) The fact that he might not be entirely to blame is why he had to go. Any Phillies fan who listened to Andy MacPhail and John Middleton talk about their vision for the future yesterday had to be encouraged. Because this was always about vision. Not trades or signings or roster moves, but the sum of those moves.
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September 9, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IN THE TWO months since the Phillies hired the man who was expected to fire their general manager, five major league organizations have actually gone ahead and done the thing the old-fashioned way. You know, by saying goodbye to the old guy and starting a search for the new one. As of yesterday, Ruben Amaro Jr. was still plugging along, suddenly the eighth longest-tenured GM in the game, trailing only Walt Jocketty (Reds), John Mozeliak (Cardinals), Neal Huntington (Pirates), Dayton Moore (Royals)
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August 3, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Ruben Amaro Jr. was supposed to be explaining why he and the Phillies had traded Cole Hamels and what they had received in return, but for a few seconds Friday afternoon, he did something rather remarkable, shrinking the Citizens Bank Park news conference room into a confessional. Amaro sounded like a man who had found religion when it came to what he and the Phillies had done wrong in their recent history. For Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman, Amaro, team president Pat Gillick, and president-in-waiting Andy MacPhail coaxed five prospects from the Texas Rangers.
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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 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 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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