Ruben Amaro Thinks Your Lists are Shit


Yesterday, Ruben Amaro swung his wang harder than it’s ever been swang.

The Phillies do not have a strong minor league system, this is a widely held belief, in part stemming from the fact that the Phillies have only one player – Jesse Biddle, at number 43 – on Baseball America’s most recent Top 50 Prospects list. And also from the fact that, with the exception of Dom Brown, the Phillies farm system hasn’t reared a star-caliber player in at least half a decade. That after producing Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels in nearly successive seasons.

But Ruben Amaro has prospects, he says. Oh yes he does. Just ignore those silly lists cultivated by the nerds who follow such things, and listen to The Great Amaro, the man who has sewn a $160 million, sub-.500 quilt comprised of old white guys, overpaid yesterstars and a fat outfielder: [CSN Philly]

Amaro will be protective of his minor-league prospects when considering trades. The Phils’ system is thin on blue-chippers, but it does have some coveted players. Amaro used the subject of the minor-league system as a springboard to rip those who rate minor-league systems.

“We have some guys that may be available,” Amaro said. “Clubs have asked about some guys that you don’t see on the top 25, top 50 lists of everyone who knows everything about baseball. I said that sarcastically, by the way, because I don’t think people know (crap) about it. You can print that if you’d like.

“There’s just a lot of those lists that come out that make me laugh. I don’t see anyone working for any major-league clubs that do that with those lists. It’s interesting.”


Perhaps Amaro doesn’t appreciate a subjective list, and that’s understandable. But there is one list on which MLB relies quite heavily. They call it the standings, and the Phillies ain’t doin’ so good on that one either:

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Now that’s a list we can count on, unfortunately.


  1. Maybe you should pay attention to those lists…then you can avoid trading franchise pitchers for 7 foot tall Canadians and deaf guys who can’t throw fucking strikes!


  2. Crucify Wheels

    July 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I guess his comments stem from someone asking “Hey Rube aren’t you concerned your team is really old and your farm systems sucks dicks and you just promted a fucking 27 year old rookie?”. Valid question.

  3. Prince Fielder is a “Fat Infielder”…would you take him?

  4. Rubén's Left Nut

    July 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Fuck You All!

  5. I’m just saying – there’s plenty of fat baseball players that are actually good. We just got a shitty one.

  6. ThePhillyFlash

    July 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Ruben needs to just STFU because, judging by the only list that matters, the goddamn standings, he doesn’t have a leg to stand on right now. The arrogance he’s displaying, despite the fact his team has spent all of TWO DAYS above .500 after almost four MONTHS of baseball is shocking in its stupidity.

  7. Seem like just yesterday when the owner of this site and all his minions in the comments section were absolutely smitten with RAJ

    Beez Remembers

    NO LOVE,


  8. This team missed a golden opp this weekend to pick up a game on the Braves. I didn’t expect a sweep but I also didn’t expect a series loss either. Now, they have 2 extremely tough series this week. I see a 1-5 performance and that by this time next week the Phillies will be in sell mode.

    • Kind of makes you wonder who might be leaving from Detroit bound for another city and not CBP.

      • ThePhillyFlash

        July 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        Or, in the case of the Tigers who need a closer, who might be staying in Motown.

        • Ahh, very clever flash. After a world series lost last year and having all the pieces in place to win it this year except having that reliable and experienced closer, you have to figure the Tigers will go all in to get Pap. That said, what can we get in return?

          • Charlie Brown

            July 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

            Paps sucks balls now. We needed to trade him like a month ago when he hadn’t blown a save all year. Now, we’ll have to eat like 50% of his contract just to get him dealt.

          • It would be nice to pry Nick Castellanos away from the Tigers but it’s probably gonna take more than Papelbon to get him, especially with all of his blown saves lately.

          • ThePhillyFlash

            July 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

            Admittedly, I’m not familiar with Detroit’s roster, but I would hope the Phils could get a reliable bullpen arm or two, and the Tigers’ top outfield prospect who’s ready for the majors and could step in immediately for Ben Revere, then take over in right for Delmon Young who, like Michael Young, won’t be back in 2014.

  9. The image mouse-hover-fade thing kills me…

  10. Jayson Stark was on that bs show John Clark does last night….said that Papelbon is untradable due to his contract and performance.

    • ThePhillyFlash

      July 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Pfft! Ryan Howard and A-Roid are untradable. I’m sure Papelbon will have value to someone desperate enough for a closer.

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