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November 8, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This week has been a whirlwind for Ruben Amaro Jr. The Phillies introduced him as their general manager Monday morning. A few hours later he flew to Dana Point, Calif., for the GM meetings. He and manager Charlie Manuel drove to third-base coach Steve Smith's Southern California home Tuesday to tell Smith that he wouldn't be back. Amaro returned immediately to the GM gathering, where he attended countless meetings and talked with numerous teams until he returned to Philadelphia on Thursday.
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July 20, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays concluded their search for a general manager yesterday, hiring Chuck LaMar to build one of baseball's two new teams from the ground up. LaMar, 38, formerly was director of minor league operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates and currently is the Atlanta Braves' assistant general manager for player personnel. He also will carry the title of senior vice president of baseball operations with the Devil Rays and begin his duties immediately with the expansion team, which begins play in 1998.
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September 9, 2011
Observations, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . WHEN A BASEBALL front-office man leaves on short notice or, in the case of Chuck LaMar, no notice, baseball's unwritten law of Omerta kicks in. Shhhhhhhhhh . . . Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro's surprise statement during the second game of the Braves sweep stretched the word "terse" to its limit. But veteran Rubenologists will tell you the terser the message, the tenser the situation that provoked it. Now, The Fly on the Wall is not always right.
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October 26, 2007 | Daily News Staff Report
Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar was named the Phillies' director of professional scouting yesterday. LaMar spent last season with the Washington Nationals as special assistant to the general manager and national crosschecker. "Chuck brings a lot of experience in many different capacities to our club," general manager Pat Gillick said in a statement. "We're pleased we had the opportunity to bring someone with his background into the organization. " LaMar was with the Devil Rays from its inception in 1995 through the 2005 season.
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June 17, 2011
O bservations, ruminations, insinuations and downright opinions:     Latest flash on Chuck LaMar   It didn't take long for the largesse of Phillies minor league boss Chuck LaMar to pay dividends for the Yankees. Desperate for a starting pitcher to face the Rangers yesterday, New York GM Brian Cashman had good reports on minor league journeyman righthander Brian Gordon, who had emerged as the ace of Ryne Sandberg's IronPigs staff. The 32-year-old was the International League ERA leader, but the Phillies had signed him last season as a minor league free agent.
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February 14, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have Kris Benson in the fold, but is he ready to compete for a job in the rotation? Benson, who missed last season after having rotator cuff surgery March 20 on his right shoulder, yesterday agreed to a minor-league contract, which will be completed if he passes a physical today in Philadelphia. According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, Benson can make just over $5 million in salary, signing bonus and incentives based on time on the active roster, innings pitched, and starts.
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May 24, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Apparently still searching for a consensus on a realignment plan, commissioner Bud Selig postponed the June meeting of baseball's owners. Selig, who had been contemplating a meeting in Detroit on June 13-14, did not set new dates. Under the realignment plan given the most attention, Arizona would move from the NL West to the AL West, Texas would move from the AL West to the AL Central and Tampa Bay would move from the AL East to the National League, which would realign into four four-team divisions with no wild-card berth.
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October 1, 1997 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
After the Phillies season ended Sunday, it was announced that the entire staff with the exception of bullpen coach Joe Rigoli would return in 1998. Not so fast . . . Hitting coach Hal McRae is one of three candidates who will interview today and tomorrow to become the first manager of the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The others: Red Sox bench coach Grady Little, who is considered the front-runner, and Tigers bench coach Larry Parrish. McRae, reached last night at his home in Bradenton, Fla., said he was pleased to be considered.
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September 8, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Leyland ended speculation about his future last night and confirmed that he was retiring from managing at the end of the season. Leyland, who managed the Florida Marlins to a World Series title in 1997, joined the Rockies in the off-season after managing the Marlins for two years. Colorado (62-78) has not performed up to expectations this season. Leyland has a 1,058-1,117 record as a major-league manager, including two games as interim manager of the Chicago White Sox in 1985.
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July 11, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
The Chicago Cubs are trying to acquire Fred McGriff from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to bolster their offense for the stretch run. The Cubs have discussed sending prospects to Tampa Bay for the first baseman, according to an agent familiar with the talks who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The only sticking point could be that McGriff, a native of Tampa, Fla., has a no-trade clause. "We're having discussions as we speak about some of our veteran players . . . but as of right now, we don't have anything," Tampa Bay general manager Chuck LaMar said.
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July 1, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's the second and much less publicized in-season form of organization building. In two days, the race is on for big-league clubs to sign international players, with the biggest prizes typically being 16-year-old kids from Latin American countries such as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. That's arguably how the best position player in the Phillies' farm system joined the organization, although third baseman Maikel Franco wasn't considered one of the elite Latin American prospects when he signed for $100,000 in the fall of 2010.
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September 9, 2011
Observations, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . WHEN A BASEBALL front-office man leaves on short notice or, in the case of Chuck LaMar, no notice, baseball's unwritten law of Omerta kicks in. Shhhhhhhhhh . . . Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro's surprise statement during the second game of the Braves sweep stretched the word "terse" to its limit. But veteran Rubenologists will tell you the terser the message, the tenser the situation that provoked it. Now, The Fly on the Wall is not always right.
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September 7, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Exactly one week ago, Chuck LaMar sat in the dugout of the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs a contented man. That's why the news late Tuesday night that LaMar had resigned after four seasons with the Phillies was absolutely shocking. He broke the news to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and assistant GM Benny Looper during a morning meeting that apparently started with a much different purpose in mind. "We had a meeting this morning - Benny and I and Chuck - and after having some discussions, it seemed like for Chuck the best situation for him was to go ahead and resign," Amaro said during Tuesday night's game between the Phillies and Braves.
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September 4, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chuck LaMar, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player development, has a checklist of goals before the start of every season. "First and foremost, we want to do everything we can to help our major-league club win," LaMar said. "That's what this game is all about. " Check. Rookies Vance Worley and Mike Stutes spent time in the Phillies' minor-league system this year, but they spent far more time playing vital roles for the best team in baseball. Add in the contributions of young lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo and the system's ability to produce the prospects needed to get rightfielder Hunter Pence at the trade deadline, and the minor-league system has far exceeded expectations.
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August 7, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies' minor-league system has played a major role in the team's being able to acquire Cliff Lee (the first time), Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Hunter Pence. Even after trading so many prospects, however, the system isn't depleted. "The Phillies after these trades are probably in the middle of the pack in terms of where their farm system is," said Jim Callis, the executive editor of Baseball America. "Most of the best prospects aren't ready to step in next year. " Still, Callis said he was impressed by what the system has been able to accomplish.
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July 19, 2011 | by Joe Berkery, berkerj@phillynews.com
English composition instructors advise, "Begin your essay with a strong opening statement. " So here goes: Reading's Steve Susdorf is profoundly underrated. Take a look at that .336 batting average this season through Sunday's action. Better yet, ponder the .303 career average he's compiled since the Phillies drafted him in the 19th round out of Fresno State in 2008. "He's been on fire," said Phils assistant general manager Chuck LaMar, who oversees the minor leagues.
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July 17, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Savery is back where he was last season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, but under much different circumstances. In the place where his career appeared to be flaming out as a starting pitcher, Savery, the Phillies' 2007 first-round draft choice, has revived himself in the bullpen. In between pitching assignments, the 25-year-old attempted to reinvent himself as a hitter this year. "It's certainly been a roller coaster," Savery said in a phone interview. Savery's dizzying baseball season has featured three stops and what he hopes is a career-altering position change.
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July 5, 2011 | By ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
READING - Grab the stat sheet for the Reading Phillies and take a look at their leading hitter. Michael Spidale has been at or near the top of that list for so long that he is the franchise's all-time leader in hits. After a three-hit game on Friday, his average was .323, which would be his best mark at the Double A level for a season. His success has earned him a spot on the Eastern League All-Star team, but what he really wants - what they all really want - is to climb up the organizational ladder.
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July 3, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jarred Cosart pitched a perfect inning in the Florida State League All-Star Game last month and he's going to get a chance to do the same in the Futures Game a week from Sunday in Phoenix. Those two things are good indications that the best pitching prospect in the Phillies organization is having a fine season with single-A Clearwater. An even better sign, however, is the number of innings Cosart has pitched for the Threshers. That total stood at 87 after his start Friday, and assistant general manager Chuck LaMar cares a lot more about that number than Cosart's 6-6 record and 3.10 ERA. "That's the most important stat to look for with Jarred Cosart," LaMar said.
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June 17, 2011
O bservations, ruminations, insinuations and downright opinions:     Latest flash on Chuck LaMar   It didn't take long for the largesse of Phillies minor league boss Chuck LaMar to pay dividends for the Yankees. Desperate for a starting pitcher to face the Rangers yesterday, New York GM Brian Cashman had good reports on minor league journeyman righthander Brian Gordon, who had emerged as the ace of Ryne Sandberg's IronPigs staff. The 32-year-old was the International League ERA leader, but the Phillies had signed him last season as a minor league free agent.
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