What a big week for Ruben Amaro Jr. First he was unsatirically named a candidate for commissioner by the NY Post’s Page Six (that may be an oxymoron) and then he was included in the Sporting News’s ranking of the top GMs in baseball. And by top, I mean all of them. And by included, I mean he came in dead last:
Amaro took over for Pat Gillick right after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, and since then, it has been a direct downhill run. Philadelphia lost the World Series in 2009, lost the NLCS in 2010, lost in the first round in 2011, missed the playoffs in 2012, and fell under .500 in 2013. The next stop could well be last place, but even if the Phillies manage to avoid the cellar, Amaro’s attempts to build a team as if it is still 2008 have been baffling. After a year in which the Phillies were too old and broke down physically, Amaro actually made them older in the offseason. You almost have to double check that Tony Gwynn and John Mayberry are not actually their fathers.
Oh that last sentence makes me sad banana:Photo: B. Grey, Flickr