Amaro out as Phillies GM

 

The Phillies have removed Ruben Amaro Jr as the teams general manager.

The Phillies have removed Ruben Amaro Jr as the teams general manager.

The Phillies announced that Ruben Amaro Jr. has been fired as the Phillies General Manager.

“It’s never an easy decision to make a change,” Phillies president-in-waiting Andy MacPhail said in a statement. “Ruben has had a direct impact on some of the best years in the team’s history. He helped to create some great memories for Phillies fans with his accomplishments, but in order to return to a top-contending club, we believe this is the right thing to do as we continue the rebuilding process.”

Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock has been given the interim title while the team begins a search for a replacement.

Currently the Phillies have the worst record in baseball at 54-86 and will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year after winning five consecutive NL East Titles from 2007-2011. During that time, Amaro replaced Pat Gillick, who retired after the Phillies 2008 World Series. Amaro had served for 10 years as the assistant GM.

This year alone, Amaro made several big trades, including shipping Cole Hamels to Texas, 2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins and six-time All-Star Chase Utley to the Dodgers. Amaro also wasn’t afraid to go after a big name, acquiring Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence in trades.

Amaro, 50, started as a Phillies bat-boy in 1980-1983 then played for the Phillies for five seasons during the 1990’s. He led the team to the 2009 NL League pennant and division titles as well as three division titles.

“The Phillies ownership fully supports Andy’s decision not to extend Ruben Amaro’s contract,” said co-owner John Middleton in a statement. “As a group, we have tremendous respect for Ruben, who has been a significant contributor to this organization. This decision is about taking the club in a new direction, and that will be facilitated by new leadership.”

 

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