June 19, 2013 |
It was a hot seat of sorts. As the Phillies took batting practice before the start of their three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. sat on the brown wooden planks inside the home dugout. Surrounded by the media on a hot, humid afternoon, he spent nearly 20 minutes answering questions about his disappointing team. The best news Amaro could offer before the game was that catcher Carlos Ruiz and second baseman Chase Utley appear close to returning from the disabled list.
June 17, 2013 |
Not everything Ruben Amaro Jr. has done as Phillies general manager has gone wrong. It just seems that way these days. In the beginning, Amaro's moves were mostly good. His first transaction after replacing Pat Gillick was to acquire John Mayberry Jr. from Texas for Greg Golson, an exchange of two underachieving former first-round draft picks. By no means was it a blockbuster deal, but Amaro at least got an extra outfielder who is still with the team while the Rangers took on a draft bust who is long gone.
June 16, 2013 |
DENVER - After Friday's game, the Phillies will play 38 more times before July 31, a day that is once again viewed as the reckoning. One of baseball's most expensive payrolls has underachieved for the second straight season. The general manager is steadfast in affirming his commitment to the current players, but what else should Ruben Amaro Jr. say in mid-June? Reality crept upon these Phillies in the form of candid comments Thursday by Cliff Lee after a 3-2 victory in Minnesota.
May 23, 2013 |
His team has failed to win more than three games in a row this season. Two-thirds of the season-opening starting rotation is on the disabled list, as are the starting catcher and setup man. The power-hitting first baseman has not hit for much power or much at all lately and is dealing with a sore left knee. Middle relief is an oxymoron and the offense is often marked absent. The two biggest offseason additions in the outfield have contributed little. Welcome to the world of Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who fielded a series of questions about his struggling team Tuesday morning.
April 20, 2013 |
The Phillies' season is only 18 days and 16 games old, which is a point most likely to be made by people who have some incentive to remind us it's early. People like Ruben Amaro Jr. "We've played 15 games," the general manager said before Thursday's 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park, when they left the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position to end the game. "It's 15 games," Amaro repeated. "Somebody said we still have 90 percent of the season left.
April 11, 2013 |
Charlie Manuel offered a history lesson Tuesday afternoon. He was talking about Roy Halladay, once a Phillies ace but now unrecognizable, and brought up Brad Lidge's name. The former Phillies closer is the quintessential example of Manuel's loyalty. Lidge blew 11 saves in 2009, pitched to a 7.21 ERA, but remained the closer as the Phillies won the pennant. "I looked down there and, to me, Brad Lidge was probably still the best I had," Manuel said. "If I was going to lose the game, it was going to be with Brad Lidge.
April 1, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A question-and-answer session with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Q: Let's start with Roy Halladay: Do you believe a bad 2013 will sink this team's chances? A: Obviously not having him be the Doc that he was in '10 and '11 . . . We'd rather have that one than the one in 2012. But in a lot of ways I think we're better armed this year that if he's not that guy we still have an opportunity to make our mark. Even though the division is every bit more tough and difficult as it has been in the past, I still think we have a good club.
February 25, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - The spring games have begun, but Delmon Young has yet to take a real batting practice swing. Young has started to hit side tosses, or flips, in the batting cage, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday. Young's hitting has mostly been limited to tee work while he recovers from November microfracture surgery on his right ankle. He has played long toss. He has not run. The 27-year-old outfielder is scheduled to visit a doctor in a week, Amaro said, with hopes of being cleared for more activity.
January 24, 2013 |
BACK IN 1984, the Three Kings paid a visit to the children of Cramp Elementary School in Kensington to help celebrate the Little Christmas, or the Feast of the Three Kings. Of course, they bore gifts, although not gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Three Kings were portrayed by cops from the Spanish-American Law Enforcement Officers Association, and among them was Juan C. Amaro Sr., doing his part to make the Jan. 6 observance of the celebration a happy one for the kids. It was typical of Juan Amaro, whose joy it was to bring happiness to one and all, especially children, and especially around the Christmas holiday.
January 24, 2013
This is a post by David Murphy on the Daily News' baseball blog, High Cheese. A BASEBALL player, a lawyer and a rabbi walked into Ruben Amaro Jr.'s explanation for signing Delmon Young on Tuesday, and now a once-proud baseball team enters 2013 as a potential off-Broadway farce. In contemplating the general manager's justification for acquiring the 27-year-old outfielder, who in April of last season was suspended after a drunken confrontation that included his allegedly hurling an anti-Semitic slur, you can't help but wonder if the whole thing was an exercise in gallows humor.