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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 Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
To explain what Ruben Amaro Jr. did wrong, to understand his biggest mistake in telling CSNPhilly.com on Monday that Phillies fans who "bitch and complain" about the team's rebuilding efforts "don't understand the game" and "don't understand the process," let's begin with what Sam Hinkie did right three months ago. This was Feb. 20, the day after the NBA trade deadline, and Hinkie, the 76ers general manager, was holding a news conference, answering...
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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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May 28, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
T HE TEXT buzzed Ruben Amaro Jr.'s phone sometime in mid-afternoon yesterday, after he issued a couple of mea culpas on the radio and before appearing in front of reporters and television cameras inside the visitor's dugout at Citi Field. "Dad, what did you say about the fans?" Andrea Amaro asked. "Sweetheart, I'll talk to you later," the Phillies general manager texted back to his high school-aged daughter. "I'm going to go and apologize now. There was a little bit of a misunderstanding.
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May 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - As he surveyed the fields on the Carpenter Complex two months ago, where a Who's Who of Phillies prospects were at play on a day when the major leaguers were out of town, Ruben Amaro Jr. stated what should have been an obvious point for a general manager of a rebuilding team. "I know with the fan base the focus is always on the major league club - but a lot of our focus is really right down here [on the minor league talent], and how we can continue to develop and acquire and procure young talent," Amaro said that afternoon in Clearwater, Fla. "And that's what we're doing.
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May 13, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco entered Monday hitting .336 with an International League-leading 12 doubles. The Phillies closest prospect is "getting closer and closer" to a major-league promotion, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We want to bring him when we're sure that it's time for him to come," Amaro said. "He got his feet wet a little last year. I think that was good [for him] to get an understanding of what it's like to be in the big leagues and have a little precursor.
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