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  1. Amaro speaks (sort of) on Phillies draft pick controversy

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Phillies were embroiled in some controversy this week that had nothing to do with signing a 35-year-old-and-up ballplayer to a new contract. Let’s see if we can sum up this controversy quickly and succinctly for the uninitiated. In a story first reported by Aaron Fitt for Baseball America, 2013 fifth-round pick Ben Wetzler…

  2. Quotable: Ruben Amaro Jr. says Phillies haven’t necessarily abandoned analytics, okay.

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has a nice recap of the Philadelphia Phillies odd offseason. The moves they didn’t make, like trading Jonathan Papelbon or Dom Brown. The moves they did make, like Marlon Byrd, Chooch, Roberto Hernandez, and Bobby Abreu. It points out their obvious aging issues and also notes the organization being prisoners to their…

  3. Vernon Wells rumors are now a thing in Philadelphia

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

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    You know things in the world of Phillies fandom are not their best when an article about a potential free agent signing has to explicitly state “it wouldn’t be a train wreck” and that rumored player has been “epically bad in recent years.” As if all of the moves Ruben Amaro Jr. makes these days…

  4. Video: Ruben Amaro Jr. attempts to hypnotize you with mesmerizing Christmas display

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

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    Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the media on Wednesday after making the signing of starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez official. The team also shared news that they brought catcher Lou Marson back to the organization and parted ways with the once highly touted catching prospect Sebastian Valle. Ruben says he still believes in the talent of his ball…

  5. Quotable: Ruben Amaro Jr. says Phillies are ‘built to win’

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:29 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apparently laughed off reports that the club was listening to offers for Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Inquirer beat writer Matt Gelb went so far as to say Amaro and assistant GM Scott Proefrock put on a “skit” about the rumors. This is baseball’s silly season, when a…

  6. Phillies hire analytics guru, Amaro unsure it changes anything

    Nov 6, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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    Upon finishing out 2013 with a 73-89 record, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally conceded the front office needed to begin incorporating analytics into personnel evaluations. Ladies and gentlemen, the future has arrived—better late than never. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki revealed the organization has tabbed Scott Freedman from Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department for…

  7. Amaro: Phillies front office will incorporate analytics into personnel evaluations

    Sep 30, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. didn’t need to tell anybody that he didn’t have a very good year. His team finished with the seventh-worst record in Major League Baseball at 73-89, 23 games out of first place in the same NL East the club once presided over for five consecutive seasons. Amaro accepted his…

  8. Ruben on Halladay: ‘I’d like to think it’s not the last we’ll see of Doc.’

    Sep 25, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay  heads to the dugout after pitching the sixth inning against the Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Philadelphia.  The Phillies won 6-4. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

    When Roy Halladay was pulled from Monday’s game after throwing just 16 pitches and allowing two bases on balls, many people thought they’d just witnessed Doc’s final outing as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and perhaps of the former Cy Young winner’s career. But Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t putting it so harshly. In fact,…

  9. David Montgomery OK with Timing of Charlie Manuel’s Firing

    Sep 12, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Matt Gelb has a wide-ranging interview with David Montgomery in Thursday’s edition of The Inquirer. The Phillies president gives general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a vote of a confidence – much to your delight – and talks the organization’s upcoming TV deal. But what we really want to know almost a month after the fact…

  10. Watch Ruben Amaro Jr. Cry After Firing Charlie Manuel

    Aug 16, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Well that was incredibly tough to watch. Charlie Manuel had his final press conference today in Philadelphia and made it clear that he did not resign, he did not quit on his team. Charlie Manuel was fired by the Phillies. Much more on the sad and moving press conference later but for now you can…

  11. Is Ruben Amaro Jr. Delusional?

    Aug 9, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Solid tweet from Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb this morning: “Maybe I’m delusional,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said, and @brookob believes that is not a far-fetched idea. http://t.co/K30009e5qA — Matt Gelb (@magelb) August 9, 2013 Amaro said this yesterday at the press conference to announce Chase Utley’s extension with the club. The conversation obviously lead to…

  12. 3B Cody Asche Promoted to Phillies: What’s Next for Michael Young?

    Jul 30, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

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    So it begins. With the Phillies mired in an ugly eight-game losing streak, and any designs on making the playoffs this season dashed along with it, the organization has promoted third-base prospect Cody Asche to the big club. It was only the first in what is likely to be a series of moves made in…

  13. What Should the Phillies Do with Chase Utley?

    Jul 25, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

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    In the midst of a four-game losing streak with less than a week to go until the trade deadline, it would seem the Phillies are sliding comfortably into “seller” territory. However, Ruben Amaro Jr. has exhibited reluctance when it comes to the notion of moving some of the club’s biggest pieces. Cliff Lee’s name had…

  14. Ruben Amaro Gets Indignant Over… Prospect Rankings?

    Jul 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is under a great deal of pressure these days, with the trade deadline looming and an aging squad that seems neither capable of winning consistently nor freefalling from the playoff race altogether. In addition to his stressful work environment, Amaro is also constantly under fire from fans and in…

  15. Roy Halladay Threw From the Mound on Sunday

    Jul 22, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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    If there were any encouraging developments to take from the Phillies’ weekend series in New York – other than not losing ground on first place in the NL East despite dropping two of three to the Mets – it was a bullpen session. Specifically it was Roy Halladay’s bullpen session, the first of its kind…

  16. Ruben Amaro Finally Spits Some Truth (Admits He Doesn’t Really Know If Buyers or Sellers)

    Jul 11, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

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    We all do it. Because when there’s not a whole lot to talk about, expressing one’s opinion on whether the Phillies should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline will usually elicit a response from someone who feels strongly for or against whichever side of the argument you fall on. But mostly we all…

  17. Cliff Lee’s Reaction to the Phillies Team Meeting Was Very Cliff Lee-esque (Awesome)

    Jul 8, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

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    The Phillies won another series over the weekend. This time they did so against the division-leading Atlanta Braves to cut one game off their lead which now stands at 7.5 games on July 8th. Every little bit of ground is needed at this point. But a series victory was not the only news to come…

  18. Ruben Amaro Hopes Chase Utley Is a Phillie for Life

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    While the Phillies sail into Pittsburgh for three games with the Pirates, trade winds are gusting back home. They must be getting strong, because even the heavy stuff is starting to get blown away. Chase Utley figures to be one of the Phils’ most coveted pieces as the deadline approaches. A free agent at the…

  19. 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)

    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…

  20. Report: Phillies Targeting Three Teams for Possible Papelbon Trade

    Jun 17, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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    The way things have been going on the field lately, doomsday doesn’t seem too far off in the horizon for the Phillies. Ruben Amaro Jr. is readying the button. According to a report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies have begun scouting the farm systems of three Major League teams that may…

  21. Ruben Amaro: ‘There’s no blowing up’ the Phillies

    Jun 10, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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    CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury has a very wide-ranging interview today with Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. which touches on pretty much every issue with his baseball 64 games into the season. Amaro admits that they simply haven’t gotten the production they expected to get out of their veterans, citing Ryan Howard’s very poor output (related)…

  22. Of Course Ruben Amaro Jr. Thinks the Phillies Can Turn Their Offense Around

    May 21, 2013, 4:13 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)

    The Phillies were held to one run or less for the ninth time in 45 games this season in their 5-1 loss to the Marlins on Monday, which accounts for 20% of their outings so far. Only three clubs in Major League Baseball have managed to produce fewer runs. There are a lot of folks…