Phillies React to Amaro Leaving

Amaro_TWRyan Howard has watched the final few pieces of the 2008 World Series championship team chipped away over the past nine months.

Ruben Amaro Jr. became the latest casualty today, when the team announced he will not return as general manager. Amaro served as Pat Gillick’s assistant in 2008. He joins Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels, who were traded in the organization’s rebuilding effort.

“There’s me and Chooch,” Howard said, referring to teammate Carlos Ruiz. “That’s about it. When you come up and you have success with guys – you understand the business aspect of it, you understand things come to an end – but when you’re able to play along Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins or Cole Hamels on a regular basis and build what you’ve been able to build here, yeah, it’s sad to see certain guys go. But at the same time, we understand that’s what happens in the game.

“It’s kind of the same conversation we’ve been having all year. Guys coming and going and all that kind of stuff. Unfortunately, that’s part of the business sometimes. He’s been here since the beginning for me. I wish (Amaro) the best of luck. I appreciate the opportunities that were given to me.”

Scott Proefrock served as Amaro’s assistant general manager since November 2008. He will be interim general manager until Phillies president Andy MacPhail hires a replacement. Proefrock took the news hard, as many in the front office did.

“I was stunned,” he said. “I was surprised the change was made. I know we got a late start on the rebuilding process, but I think we were headed in the right direction. I think we are headed in the right direction. I think we’ve made some positive moves and helped put talent back in the system and a lot of good things are happening in the Minor Leagues. We won three regular season championships in the Minor Leagues.

“Ruben is as much a friend as he was my boss and I owe him a lot. This is not the way I would have liked something like this to happen, but I owe it to the organization to continue what we’ve started in the rebuilding process and keep it going as long as they want me to and go from there.”

MacPhail made a point in his news conference to mention that the first words from Amaro’s mouth when he was told he would not return was to ask about the fate of the people who served underneath him.

“It doesn’t surprise me knowing Ruben and the type of person he is that that would be his first concern,” Proefrock said. “I’ve worked in five different organizations and this is by far the best organization I’ve ever worked in. The way they treat their people, the family atmosphere. I hope I work in this organization for the rest of my career because there’s no place better that I’ve experienced in the game. And I know Ruben was a big part of that.”

Said Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin: “I consider Ruben a friend and it’s a sad day to see him go. I’m not worried about his future in baseball. He is a very talented baseball guy and he’s going to rebound and end up somewhere else, a job that he wants.”

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It’s about time. He should have gone instead of Charlie, Werth, Burrell, Victorino, Pence, Rollins, Utley, and Papelbon. He ruined the team and trashed the attendance.

A big part of the reason why the team is being forced to rebuild is because Amaro hung on to some of those players way too long. Good teams know when to part with premiere talent, and it’s not when they’re in their mid-30s hitting below the Mendoza line…

I forgot Cole Hamels and Ibanez as additional victims of “rebuilding.” Amaro may be correct that the fans are all stupid and do not understand baseball, but management might take a look at all of the shiny blue empty seats and realize that fan loyalty to players might have something to do with attendance. Bench Howard and Chooch, and perhaps the stadium will resemble Miami’s. CBP is rapidly approaching the Marlin’s levels of attendance and it is not all because of the win/loss record.

It is about time , now Howard and Ruiz

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How much longer must we suffer through Howard not getting it done?!!!

MacPhail has a long record of zip.. Yes, he’s in with the ‘in’ crowd of baseball but what has he done?

Look at Chicago and Baltimore when he was there, you had a whole lot of nothing.

Looking at what Ryno did now, and it’s genius, he didn’t let MacPhail embarrass him by releasing him too on the same day the Cubs pull into town.

What will happen now with this Phillies team, the winds of change crept up and starting blowing the long standing memories of 2008 and 2009 away, ownership has brought an ‘outsider’ in where the Phillies used to cultivate from the inside under previous ownership groups.

Will it be better, or will it stay like the Cubs were for some many years under MacPhail, and we’ll have to say he’s MacPhailed too!

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