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Phillies sticking with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Sep 12, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. fired manager Charlie Manuel last month, but Amaro himself won’t be taking the fall for the Phillies’ decline.

Team president David Montgomery told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that “Ruben is our general manager” and went on to defend some of the oft-criticized decisions the GM has made recently while adding “I guess I have a broader perspective than other people do.”

Montgomery’s whole interview with Gelb is definitely worth reading, although for the increasingly large contingent of Phillies fans fed up with how the team has been run by Amaro it might ruin their day.

  1. andreweac - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    The noise you faintly hear in the background is the collective cheer from Atlanta, Miami, New York, Washington and the rest of the NL.

    • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      As long as Scrooge McLoria owns the team and meddles in baseball operations like one of Lovecraft’s Ancient Old Ones – but without their competence, and with only the delusion that he possesses their preternatural knowledge – the Feesh have no real reason to rejoice about Amaro. Regardless of how badly he miscalculated about how quickly this team would age, he’s still got more baseball smarts in the pimples on his ass than Scrooge McLoria has in his entire ego even if that isn’t saying much.

      On the other hand, my condolences to my friends who are Feelies fans. Misery loves company.

    • biasedhomer - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Too bad all those teams have enough problems to worry about already.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Condolences to Phillies phans.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    This just made my day. :)

  4. areyesrn - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    many blame him for not winning the World Series in 2010 and 2011.

    but I don’t know which was the biggest mistake…Letting Cliff Lee go after 2009 or signing Ryan Howard to that mega deal.

  5. greymares - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    have Amaro’s moves, trades, signings, internal moves proven to be significant ? NO. but name one that the majority of Phillie fans weren’t happy with at the time it was done. Hind sight is definitely 20/20 but I’m fine with Amaro. eep on pluggin.

    • greymares - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      keep lol.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      I think the The Lee to Seattle trade was GREATLY criticized at the time. So I can definitely name one.

      I think he was in getting the FA super-piece or trade he perceived to be key to win the Championship when he still had a high caliber lineup. We might be viewing him differently if the Phillies had won 3 out 4 WS from 08-11. Some might have said: “He mortgaged the future but built a (short-lived) Dynasty”. Alas the baseball Gods, they are capricious and fickle.

      I thought the Howard extension was unnecessary at the time, but the fall off was far more brutal and not really possible to predict.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Actually, there were a number of commentators who predicted a significant http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/sports/baseball/02score.html?_r=0

        It was made worse by the injuries, of course.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        The “fall off” in “…significant fall off” fell off.

        I should proof read better.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        No worries raysfan1. It was so significant, the words “fall off” simply fell off just to emphasize the issue.

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Trading Cliffy away. Signing Howard to that deal with the Titanic. Depleting the farm, while getting some necessary (at the time) pieces that didn’t get the next title—but that’s more cumulative.

    • bencas4 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Where have you been? There was an uproar when Cliff Lee was traded, Howard signed the huge contract, Brown was bounced back and forth between majors and minors, our deteriorating offense was attacked every year after 2009…this was not 20/20 hindsight, if you were listening, you would have heard the uproar when many of the bad deal occurred.

    • chew1985 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Signing 52 year old Raul Ibanez was not a good idea simply because of Ibanez’ age and many brought that up. Also the Rule 5 grab of David Herndon gained criticism as time went on. Amaro stuck with him way too long, allowing guys like Ryan Vogelsong and Jason Grilli to be released because there was no “room” for them.

      Placido Polanco’s signing was also panned my many because of his age. I think Placi was 59 at the time. Seriously, Amaro brought in guys who were almost too old to keep the WFC window open anyway. Then there was 71 year old Jim Thome being brought back for a second time…and I think Doc Halladay just turned 60…

    • biasedhomer - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      I hated both Pence trades for the Phillies. Pretty sure other people had the same view. Pence plays a similar role as Victorino, and they paid a ridiculous price to get him.

  6. bobcrs - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Wow….This clown must have pics of Montgomery’s wife or something. Complete idiot….Has all the cash he needs at his disposal and a fan base that was selling out every night. Blew it all up in 18 months

  7. eagles512 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    2 straight years he left Charlie with a horrible bench and especially, bullpen.

  8. bencas4 - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Such arrogance “I guess I have a broader perspective than other people do.”…..no dude, your head stuck so far in the sand that you are looking at the Japanese Nippon Baseball League. Get a clue!

  9. chipperforever - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….(breath, breath)…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    HA

    • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      And again, HA…?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        My God, there’s more than one foreverchipperforever.

        /shudders

  10. sschauer2 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I like Dave Montgomery. If he can’t see that Amaro must go, maybe the board showed be looking at Dave.

  11. Bob Loblaw - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Why would anybody think that the same people who mistakenly picked Amaro over Arbuckle would fire Amaro at this point? The entire downfall of this team began when the Phillies sent away MIke Arbuckle, the man who was a major part of drafting Utley, Howard, Rollins, Hamels, Myers, etc, etc. and instead picked a young and inexperienced Amaro to be GM. The 2008 Championship was mostly from the team he inherited. Amaro has done nothing but make bad move after bad move and bad signing after bad signing and built bad bench after bad bench and bad bullpen after bad bullpen.

    Might as well stick with him for another year. How much more can he screw it up?

  12. thegreatcendali - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    dont you mean Ruin Tomorrow Jr.?

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