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Quote of the Day: Phillies president comments on the Ben Wetzler

Mar 3, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

Phillies president David Montgomery was on WIP radio in Philly today talking about the incident in which someone with the team reported Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler to the NCAA for using an agent. While Ruben Amaro and others have been tight-lipped to date, it sounds like there is beginning to be some realization by the team that they made a mistake:


Yep. The approach every other team takes in such instances: not caring what dumb, random and unfair rules the NCAA has and appreciating that what teams and players do in the course of negotiations is none of the NCAA’s business.

  1. AlmostForty - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Milk was a BAD choice.

  2. kinggator - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    “I’ve made a huge mistake” – Phillies (aka MLB’s Arrested Development)

  3. earpaniac - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Lost some respect for them over this.

  4. schmedley69 - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Apparently the Blue Jays did the same thing a few years ago, but it has been totally swept under the carpet. Why is that?

    • raysfan1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      The fact that it was a few years ago, 4 to be precise.

    • 35osubeavers - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Blue Jays was much more by accident… they club president slipped when talking about dealing with Scott Boras during a telephone interview… they didn’t intentionally throw the kid under the bus like these losers did.

    • paperlions - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Reports have been citing that the last time a team turned in a player on purpose, it was also the Blue Jays, but that was all the way back in 1992, with AJ Hinch.

      Are the Phillies really dumb enough to not realize that maybe the way every club has done things for the last 21 years was a better approach that ratting out a kid for breaking an unconstitutional NCAA rule?

      • bfunk1978 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        The world is so different now than it was in 1992. The internet and the age of instant access to sports news and front-office dealings was nowhere near what it is now. My guess is if it had been the Jays instead of the Phils now, people would still get (rightly) riled up about it.

      • paperlions - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Yeah, I would bet that there was backlash within the industry back then too, but most fans/media didn’t really care much or hear much about it.

      • schmedley69 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        It was 4 years ago, and it ended up ending the prospect’s college career. I don’t buy the part about the Blue Jays accidentally leaking the issue during an interview. They leaked it in a public forum, knowing that they were pretty much turning the kid in. I just want to know why there was no out-cry when the Blue Jays did this 4 years ago?

        Kind of reminds me of when Keith Olbermann made a huge deal about the Phillies wearing patches commemorating their 2008 Word Series win during the 2009 season, when it turns out that other teams had done the same thing before the Phillies did it. He was conveniently quiet about the other teams doing it, but when the Phillies do it, he causes a big stink.

        There is no question what the Phillies did was petty, wrong and incredibly stupid. Most Phillies fans know that Amaro is a complete idiot and we can’t wait for him to be gone. That being said, how come teams like the Blue Jays got a free pass?

      • paperlions - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        There was plenty of backlash toward the Blue Jays for the Paxton thing. The biggest difference for you is probably that it wasn’t the team you root for, so you didn’t care and weren’t sensitive to the criticism.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Dang that Jhonny Peralta!

      • paperlions - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Man, I am working and forgot there was a game on…did he do good?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        HR right off the bat in the first. Don’t worry, MVP Miggy scored in the bottom of the inning. 😉

      • historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Son of a –!

      • paperlions - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Haha….go ‘roids go.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Bite me.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Take that!

      • schmedley69 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Sorry, have to differ with you. I looked back in the archives, and Craig made two posts about the Paxton situation when it happened, and all of his vitriol was aimed at the NCAA, and none at all at the Blue Jays. It doesn’t look like there was any kind of backlash against the Blue Jays whatsoever on this site. Meanwhile, the Phillies are portrayed as the most evil organization of all time. How conveeeenient.

  5. thedoubleentandres - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Look! its Captain Hindsight with his 3 trusty sidekicks Shudda Wudda and Cudda

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Given the contracts handed out by the Phillies in recent years, I would assume that they can only look backward when evaluating options.

  6. jlinatl - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Baseball needs to be treated differently.

    Basketball and Football discontinue a player’s eligibility upon drafted declaration.. Baseball operates differently. It seems easy enough to change the rules to allow a negotiator upon drafting in each sport. If football and basketball continue to give up their eligibility, nothing changes in those sports… not that they shouldn’t.

    As for the Phillies, just like with most other stupid mistakes, the best way to handle it is to make clear you made a mistake as quickly as possible. If they fall on the sword a few times between now and the next draft, nothing will be held against them.

  7. historiophiliac - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    David. Do you have anything to say to us?

    (flatly) I was a dumbass.

    And are you going to do that again?


    And what did we learn?

    Sigh. Don’t crap where you eat.

  8. kingjoe1 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Fire RAJ!!!!

  9. babyfarkmcgeezax - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    The Ben Wetzler

  10. summeroftony - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Wahhhh! Go Phils!!

  11. drs76109 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    This would be appropriate grounds for firing Amaro. It made the Phillies look weak and malicious, which is worsened by how he has managed the roster…

    • yahmule - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      It would be great if that unqualified buffoon lost his job behind this nonsense.

  12. jimw81 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    monty is just a spokesperson for the silent partners who owned the phillies.the silent partners wouldn’t made him come out unless it was bad pr for the team. monty is scared to fire RAJ.

  13. righthandofjustice - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I know many people want to have Ruban Amaro Jr. fired but nobody said he was the one who reported the kids to NCAA. It might actually be the big shot who opened his big mouth today, Montgomery himself.

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