Ruben Amaro Jr OUT as Phillies GM
- Updated: September 11, 2015
Philadelphia PA: An era of Phillies baseball has came to close as a shakeup in the front office as the team continues its rebuild, On Thursday, the Phillies announced that they will not to extend the contract of Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr & named Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock as Interim General Manager, effective immediately. During the press conference on Thursday, partner John Middleton would say: “I was aware of Ruben’s comments he made about the fans and I made that clear to Ruben & it was a factor”. Later on in the press conference, as John Middleton would say “Phillies fans feelings toward Ruben Amaro played a role in firing.” New team president Andy MacPhail would say that “Ruben Amaro was not offered a position with the organization.” when they spoke and nothing was mentioned about another position with inside the organization. When did the final decision come down to remove Ruben Amaro jr as GM of the Phillies, MacPhail wouls say “Days ago, been thinking about it, no final determination was made until 2-3 days.” John Middleton would say something that was very true “We owe fans the very best all the time; we need to focus on winning.”
Ruben Amaro became GM of the Phillies in November 2008 after previously being the Phillies’ assistant GM for 10 years. Amaro, 50, has been part of the organization for more than 20 years. spent five big league seasons with the Phillies (1992-93, 1996-98) as an outfielder. With his father, Ruben Sr., they are the only father-son duo to ever play for the Phillies
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New incoming Phillies President Andy MacPhail
“It’s never an easy decision to make a change, 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.”
“The Phillies ownership fully supports Andy’s decision not to extend Ruben Amaro’s contract, 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.”