They Might Not Fire Ruben
Before this Phillies season started, the prevailing wisdom was that – though it’d be terrible – it would probably be Ruben Amaro’s last season as Phillies GM. Andy MacPhail was hired, Ryne Sandberg abandoned ship, and it seemed like the franchise would be getting a new face. But then something weird happened: The Phillies killed it at the trade deadline.
All of a sudden, you had people saying Ruben saved his job by completely restocking the Phillies’ farm system. So what’s the plan now? According to Pat Gillick, there isn’t one yet.
“No decision has been made on Ruben at this point,” Gillick told MLB.com. “It’s a decision that will be made in the next 30 days or so.”
But that isn’t because his job is on the line, necessarily.
“I think the fan perception about Ruben from July 1 through this date has changed dramatically,” Gillick continued.” I think the fans in Philadelphia are very knowledgeable. I think the fans know we’ve got a plan. And I think the fans know we’re headed in the right direction. I think that really bodes well for Ruben.”
If you really still want Ruben gone, you should have continued yelling about it even if you approved of his moves at the deadline, because now the Phillies think you like him again. Maybe.
Kyle: That’s fine. More time to sell shirts: