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David Montgomery: Ruben Amaro Jr. Batting Above .300 As Phillies GM

Jun 21, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

He sort of looks like Jeremy Piven here. I half expect him to walk up to Heyman and ask to "hug it out, you little midget." I have no idea how tall Jon Heyman is. (USA Today Images) He sort of looks like Jeremy Piven here. I half expect him to walk up to Heyman and ask to "hug it out, you little midget." I have no idea how tall Jon Heyman is. (USA Today Images)

With Andy Reid out of the way, there may not be an authority figure in Philadelphia sports right now under more scrutiny than Ruben Amaro Jr. Paul Holmgren could probably give him a run for his money, especially if some of the rumored offseason plans are true, but I think we’ve got to go ahead and give the nod to RAJ.

You know what that means. It’s time for the Obligatory Vote of Confidence™! (Needs its own graphic and maybe a jingle.)

Today’s Obligatory Vote of Confidence comes from David Montgomery. The Phillies president tells Bob Brookover for the Inquirer that the general manager is not solely responsible for the club’s issues, giving “credit” to his staff. Then Montgomery made a very curious analogy about decision making and baseball.

“The reality is that when things don’t go well, people look to find, well, whose fault is it?” Montgomery said. “I believe in situations like this that when times are good there’s enough credit to go around. It’s all of us. Ruben is not making independent decisions. He’s going with a pretty good group of eyes who are looking out there at players and making determinations. God knows we’re all trying to bat 1.000 on decision making. The reality is, I think we do better than the .300 standard in baseball.”

Hm.  .300 might make for a fine batting average, but I’m pretty sure decision making is held to a higher standard. I don’t know about you, but I expect scouts and executives to be right at least 50% of the time. Otherwise why have a front office at all? All personnel moves can be determined by one or a series of coin flips. At least it’s cost effective, and the Phillies could push the savings right into some extra coin flips during free agency.

And as long as we’re deflecting blame across the entire front office, it’s worth noting that somebody had to hire the people steering Amaro wrong. Who would that be? Because apparently that’s the person you want to yell at.

Personally, I don’t think Amaro has necessarily been quite as poor at his job as many people seem to believe, but a handful of the missteps he’s made have been rather gargantuan in size. Arguing he’s better at decision making than anybody on his roster is at hitting is an awfully counterproductive way to combat those truths, no?

>> Amaro gets backing from his boss [Inq]

  1. Da Mic - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    From the vvery top to the very bottom, this club is still just average.

  2. chew - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    soooooooooooo….does that mean that RAJ has the highest BA on the team then?

    • willh888 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      even though it’s imaginary, i’ll take it

  3. Phan 74 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    The Phils have needed hitting for the last 3 years. They are at the bottom on nearly all the key hitting categories.
    It’s the same thing over and over that has gone unaddressed.

    Don’t bunch hits, big drop in power, don’t work counts, swing at many pitches out of the zone, don’t hit ball hard, they get shut down way too often and usually by pitchers with ERAs of 4 to 6.

    Look at run production, the Phils at minus 50 are 13th in the 15 team National League. The Cards who are amazing are plus 111, the Reds plus 61 and the braves plus 56.

    With their lousy offensive performance, the Phils have easily lost 10 winnable games with a lineup that rolls over often and rarely threatens. When have 4 or 5 Phillies been hot at the same time? Never happens. Dominic Brown carried the them for a month.

    Howard is warming up and Michael Young & Ben Revere have warmed up a little but the Phils offense has let them down terribly for the last 3 years. They need to step up. They need to be challenged, not coddled.
    The starting pitching has done more than their fair share.

    There should be an expectation to perform well above average, not settle for losing winnable games and wasting the best starting pitching this club has ever assembled.

    • Von9 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      Remind me, who’s the hitting coach?

  4. Von9 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Ruben’s legacy? The Matt Millen of MLB.

  5. Mostel - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Ruben is a joke. He’s batting .058 on relief pitchers. The lack of any functional non-closer element of the bullpen along with the lack of any viable depth has stolen multiple titles from this team. Well that and the inability to sign a roster that actually 1 through 8 hitters who fill proper roles.

  6. Dominick Dilauro - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Mr. Montgomery,you must be kidding u said this bum amaro has a job is beyong belief. Continue to keep him and then you must go he’s an idiot,he has a job, you took him o er arbuckle who built this team, not wade not amaro not you. By the way I believe you can judge your gms let alone baseball. Wade gets fired and you bring him back please

  7. Robby Bonfire - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I see that Montgomery and Amaro are both graduates of Penn Charter. Well, that takes the cake, bypassing a much more experienced and qualified GM candidate to give the job to a fellow prep school alumnus.

    I am of the opinion that Montgomery, Amaro, and Manuel have devolved into the worst ownership – management team in Major League Baseball. Any organization which continues to coddle the incredibly stumbling and bumbling so-called manager, for NINE seasons, now, is going to pay a severe price in perpetuity.

    It is disgraceful, how low this team’s fortunes have sunk, and yet, still, no house-cleaning, from the top, down. George Steinbrenner would have fired these clowns in year one, except some real baseball men don’t hire three-ring circus “executives” in the first place.


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