Ruben is moving on up, according to Jayson Stark:
Among the many personnel moves announced by the #Mets yesterday: Ruben Amaro Jr. will leave his 1B coaching box behind for a role in the front office advising new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 6, 2018
Van Wagenen was recently hired to replace Sandy Alderson, who had been the Mets’ GM since 2010 but took a leave of absence in the summer to address a recurrence of cancer.
I don’t have much of a Ruben opinion, so I asked BWanks to share his thoughts on this:
“Amaro faced certain constrictions as a part of an organization that valued loyalty and sentimentality because they were, quite frankly, unaccustomed to success and didn’t know how to handle it. Amaro wasn’t necessarily a “good” GM here, but wasn’t the clown show he’s made out to be. If Howie Roseman can learn from his previous failings, there’s no reason Amaro can’t.”
Van Wagenen doesn’t have a ton of experience. He was previously an agent and is taking on his first GM job at age 44, so he could use some veteran guys to help guide him. Guys like Ruben Amaro Jr. and… Omar Minaya?!
Brodie Van Wagenen is certainly surrounded by experience. His current front office includes:
–Omar Minaya, former Mets GM
–J.P. Ricciardi, former Blue Jays GM
–Ruben Amaro Jr., former Phillies GM
–John Ricco, longtime Mets assistant GM
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) November 6, 2018
Minaya and Ruben working together in the Mets front office?
What a world.