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September 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - The final call isn't likely to come for another month, when the season officially comes to an end, but the growing expectation for most of the summer was that Ruben Amaro Jr. would return for his seventh season as the Phillies' general manager in 2015. Team president David Montgomery, currently on medical leave, spoke to a group of fans at Citizens Bank Park 2 weeks ago and said Amaro was not on the hot seat. Amaro, when asked about it himself in recent months, hasn't ever given the notion that he was particularly worried about his job security.
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September 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Before he ascended to interim president of the Phillies, Pat Gillick spoke with Ruben Amaro Jr. two or three times a week on the phone. Gillick, a Hall of Fame executive, served from his Seattle home as a sounding board for Amaro. Little will change now that Gillick, 77, is Amaro's boss. "Ruben and I mutually agree on most decisions that we make," Gillick said Tuesday at Turner Field. "Ruben is very inclusive on any decisions that we make for the ball club. But right now, if there's something I might have a different opinion, I'll certainly voice that opinion, and we'll talk it through and try to make what we think is the correct decision.
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August 31, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - A little more than 3 hours before last night's first pitch, Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the players gathered in the visiting team clubhouse at Citi Field. The Phillies' general manager reiterated the developments of Thursday, that in the wake of David Montgomery's medical leave of absence, Pat Gillick will be interim team president. "We'll go about our business status quo," Amaro told a group of reporters a few minutes later. "I'll report to Pat. [Manager Ryne Sandberg]
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August 22, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IN MY SMALL OPINION . . . Timing can be everything, and, frankly, this is a bad time for Phillies president David Montgomery to have given general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. another public vote of confidence. Obviously, what Montgomery thinks behind closed doors will differ from what he says publicly about the team's future, but it was irresponsible for Montgomery to have told a group of fans the other day that "[Amaro] is not on the hot seat. " When your major league club is 15 games under .500 with the third-highest payroll in baseball and your minor league system is devoid of promising prospects, no one can be off the "hot seat" - especially not the person overseeing the entire organization.
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August 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Ruben Amaro Jr. asked a small group of reporters to follow him. He found a spot in the empty stands, hours before another Phillies game, and talked for 30 minutes about the missteps that led to another failure. "Listen, I'm the GM of the club, so I fully expect to take heat for it," Amaro said. "I'm the one who is making the decisions on player personnel. I'm accountable for the things that have happened. I have not had a very good year; our team did not have a very good year.
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August 11, 2014 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
IN PHILADELPHIA this past week, sports fans were hoping that Ruben Amaro was going to make one or more trades in an attempt to restock the Phillies' farm system with young players who have "Big League" potential. When Ruben failed to do so, all across the Internet and the sports radio airwaves, a tidal wave of criticism and scorn from angry Philly sports fans ensued. Ruben exacerbated his problem and further sparked the fans' ire by making a seemingly nonsensical comment about this failure when he said, "Not disappointed, more surprised that there wasn't more aggressive action from the other end. " In fact, July 31, 2014, the day of the major league baseball trading deadline, was one of the most explosively active trade deadline days in recent years.
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August 6, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE MOST OMINOUS aspect of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s inaction at the trade deadline wasn't his failure to add young talent capable of helping the Phillies compete within the next couple of years. Rather, it was his apparent belief that he had a legitimate chance of doing so, which suggests the sixth-year general manager still does not fully grasp the amount of reconstruction that will be required to turn the Phillies roster into something that doesn't make fans want to spew the folks in front of them with partially digested Schmitter.
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August 2, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The four TVs in the visitors clubhouse at Nationals Park were black minutes before Thursday's trade deadline, to muffle the last rumors. Marlon Byrd retreated to a small room to digest video. A.J. Burnett and Jonathan Papelbon commandeered a table in an adjacent cafeteria to watch MLB Network as blockbuster deals without Phillies manifested. This marked one of the busiest deadlines in baseball history; 37 players moved in 12 trades. When 4 p.m. passed without a Phillies transaction, it was not an indictment of Ruben Amaro Jr's inability to trade.
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August 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
WASHINGTON - Shortly after nothing happened, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. promised something was going to happen. "I don't see a scenario right now where our roster is going to be the same roster in April that it is right now," Amaro said Thursday after baseball's non-waiver trade deadline expired without the Phillies making a single move. "It will change. It will need to change because we need to get better. " There are not many things you could get Phillies fans to agree with Amaro about during these dark days, but the idea that his last-place ball club needs to make changes is definitely one they'd be on board with.
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August 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Just before ducking into the visiting radio booth yesterday morning - a half-hour before the matinee with the Mets and about 29 hours before today's trade deadline - Ruben Amaro Jr. spotted a couple of reporters. The Phillies general manager playfully raised his eyebrows and rubbed his hands together, as if he was hatching a secret plan. The details of that (imaginary?) plan is the great mystery, of course, as Amaro declined comment twice before his team wrapped up a three-game series at Citi Field.
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