Ryan Howard and the Shift: An Analysis

PHOTO: AP The Big Piece. Ryan Howard has given us plenty of great moments over the years–from game winning monster home runs to “get me to the plate, boys”. Ruben Amaro Jr. awarded him with a monster contract that has since been proven to be one of the biggest mistakes he’s made as Phillies GM due to a tremendous drop in production from the lefty slugger. But this isn’t...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Adams to Return from DL, Torre Tells Amaro Call was Wrong

Phillies reliever Mike Adams told reporters on Monday that he will come off the disabled list on Tuesday. The 35-year old righty has yet to appear in a game with the Phillies after undergoing shoulder surgery this past off-season. Adams made a brief minor league rehab, stopping for three appearances in Clearwater, and one in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Between the two stops, he pitched...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury Updates on Galvis, Adams, Ruf

(AP) -Jonathan Pettibone will start on Saturday, Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed today. It had pretty much been a foregone conclusion that he would be the guy after David Buchanan started on Tuesday at Lehigh Valley. There were rumors of a bullpen game being a possibility, but you can take a guess as to why they decided against that. -Freddy Galvis could be with the Phillies as early as...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Roster Set: Spring Training Recap

Ruben Amaro, Ryne Sandberg and the Philadelphia Phillies brain trust has finalized the team’s Opening Day roster (seen below). It was a trying and eye opening time for the Phillies management this spring as the team struggled offensively, battled with injuries, and left fans wondering if this could be a team that is any better […]
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Bench Still a Major Concern

Wil Nieves, Cesar Hernandez, Jayson Nix, Tony Gwynn Jr., John Mayberry Jr. It is this group of men that make up the Phillies opening day bench. And it’s an area of concern. Ruben Amaro stated Saturday that the Phillies no longer have a group of starters that can be called upon to play 162 games. Bench players will get many chances to fill in for the likes of Rollins, Utley, and...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Rumors: Abreu won't make Opening Day roster

Despite the huge improvement since last season, Bobby Abreu has been told by General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he will not be part of the 25-man Opening Day roster on the 31st when Philadelphia opens 2014 at the Texas Rangers.As of right now the 40-year-old has not been released, and Amaro has told reporters "Bobby Abreu is still with the Phillies organization, and he is...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Some thoughts on Charlie Manuel, Ruben Amaro and why the Phillies had to do what they did

I wanted to wait and see how I felt about everything after the weekend before really diving in to the news of the Philadelphia Phillies firing Charlie Manuel and naming Ryne Sandberg as the interim manager Friday afternoon. In brief, it had to be done but not quite in this fashion. Overall, I am OK with what transpired. Removing Charlie Manuel as manager now was the right decision...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies release veteran Bobby Abreu

From Adam Berry of The Philadelphia Phillies have released veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu on Thursday, bringing an end to the his comeback attempt with his former team. Bobby Abreu, 40, was informed Wednesday that he would not be on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, but he was not released until Thursday morning. Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Five: Keys to Success in 2014

Photo: @mattrappa Opening Day is just five days away, as the Phillies will oppose the Rangers down in Arlington, Texas. There are many doubts going into this upcoming season, however general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and company still believe that if everything works as planned, the season will not be...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Writer’s Roundtable: What’s Surprising About the Phillies?

Chase hasn’t done much this spring. Is that worrisome? (MLB) Tweet a question, Win a prize! Phillies Nation is asking our readers to offer suggestions for our weekly “Writer’s Roundtable” series. You can submit your question to Donald McGettigan via Twitter (@DonM409) each Sunday during the 2014 season. If your question is selected you will be the winner of a Phillies Nation...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Koyie Hill Acquired for No Reason

Carlos Ruiz- starting catcher.  Wil Nieves- MLB backup.  Cameron Rupp- waiting in Triple A.  Lou Marson- released.  Naturally, acquire a 35 year old catcher that can't hit, at all. Ruben Amaro, the mad genius that he is, got Koyie Hill from the Nationals for a player to be named later or cash considerations (basically, not too damn much).  Over 10 MLB seasons with the Cubs...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies’ GM optimistic about Miguel Gonzalez

Manager Ryne Sandberg has not been impressed with the Cuban defector surrounded in mystery, and his debut outing against the Yankees was far less than impressive. Nonetheless, Ruben Amaro, Jr. seems to feel like Gonzalez is going to get there. Todd Zolecki of spoke with Amaro during a media session about his newest pitcher, and ‘patient’ and ‘optimistic’ seem to...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Amaro: “If Howard is on the field, we’re winning games.”

The latest from Bob Nightengale of USA Today has a pair of interesting quotes. The first is from Team President David Montgomery: ”We’re committed to this core. We want to surround them with the best possible players. In time, hopefully we’ll be able to transition to some of younger players.” This seems completely reasonable and is part of the direction everyone believed...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Opinion: Burnett Signing is Right Idea but Wrong Guy

Ruben Amaro already knew that the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies were entering spring training with a razor thin starting rotation, but when he found out that Cole Hamels was not going to be ready for opening day, he finally decided to do something about it. The Phils inked veteran right hander A.J. Burnett to a one year $16 million contract that includes a mutual option for an additional...
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy Birthday, Ruben Amaro Jr.

A fun day for birthdays. A quick rundown of some of the interesting names ... Chick Hafey: Born 1903 Hafey was a big league regular for only six seas...
Via Philly Sports Live
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 is Year to Play Young Talent

Martin says it is time to play the young talent. Including 21-year old Maikel Franco (pictured). Photo by: Jay Floyd When Ruben Amaro Jr. became the Phillies general manager in November of 2008, the confetti on Broad Street was still fresh on the ground from the World Championship parade. Phillies fans were still celebrating the team’s first World Series in 28 years. Fast forward...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Philadelphia Phillies

It's probably going to be a rough year in Philadelphia. But what do you expect from a club that has five offensive starters aged 34 or older and three members of their rotation aged 30 or older? It's an old team in a young division - and those old players aren't what they used to be. Of course, simply saying "age" as a weakness for the Phillies is a bit...
Via The Outside Corner
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

We Forgot What Ruben Amaro Jr. Is Like: Phillies Still In On A.J. Burnett

So we forgot what Ruben Amaro, Jr. is really like. In the recent criticism of the Phillies General Manager, 2009-2011 seemed to be forgotten. The general manager who convinced us that the Phillies really weren't interested in a Cliff Lee reunion, the one who said that the Phillies were not...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies out on Burnett?

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. does not sound as if he's planning on making any ...
Via Philly Sports Live
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Amaro’s comments to ESPN turn some heads

Ruben Amaro Jr. has raised some eyebrows with some of the things he has said during the Phillies’ dismal past two seasons, but his comments on Monday take the cake. Jerry Crasnick of posted a story about the Phillies in which he extensively quoted Amaro, and a few of his comments are real head-scratchers. Per Crasnick’s article: “I can’t worry about whether I’m...
Via Phillies Nation
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bobby Abreu is Back!!!

In search of a left-handed bench bat, Ruben Amaro was drawn to an old friend (and I mean old) in the form of Bobby Abreu.  He will earn $800K if he makes the team, and has an opt out clause for March 26th.  He missed all of 2013, because of lack of interest in his services.  He's recently been seen tearing up the Venezuelan Winter League, so interest in him has again been...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dumpster Diving

Ruben Amaro, Jr. took over as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. He inherited a squad chock full of minor league talent, a core of players just hitting their prime and a boat load of cash. He has presided over three National League East titles as G.M., which included a season in which […]
Via Philly Sports Live
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Welcome Aboard Chris Gaudin

Ruben Amaro has been scouring the free agent market for a cost effective swingman, and he found one in the form of Chad Gaudin.  The 30 year old right-handed pitcher inked a minor league contract with the Phillies and if healthy, is likely to make the squad out of spring training.Gaudin was great with the Giants last season, before being shutdown due to arm issues.  He made 30...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Manuel to return as adviser to Phils

According to multiple reports, former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will be returning to the organization as a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. ESPN 97.5 radio host Brian Startare first reported the news. Amaro fired Manuel, 70, in August after nine seasons as manager, the most successful in franchise history. Under Manuel’s watch, the Phillies won a World Series...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Maikel Franco, Jesse Biddle, Ken Giles, Two Others Invited To Phillies Spring Training

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. mentioned a few times that Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco would be joining the club in Clearwater this Spring to see what he could offer the big league club in 2014. Today the team announced that they will invite to Spring Training Franco...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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