November 8, 2008 |
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.
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.
July 20, 1995 |
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.
October 26, 2007 |
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.
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.
July 5, 2011 |
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.
February 14, 2008 |
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.
May 24, 2000 |
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.
October 1, 1997 |
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.
September 8, 1999 |
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.