UPDATE: Ruben Amaro Jr. went on the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday morning to clarify his remarks.
Amaro insisted he "didn't say they don't understand. Some fans don't understand it's not all Philadelphia fans."
Glad that was cleared up. Here's the full interview from 94WIP:
From earlier: Welcome back from your holiday weekend. I'm sure plenty of folks out there are in a grumpy mood about having to return to work after a few days down the shore.
This should help cheer you up...
... not really.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. sat down with CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury for an interview that was published Tuesday morning. There was a lot of focus on the progress of pitching prospects Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin, both of whom are doing well in the minors.
Salisbury asked Amaro what kind of pace he thinks the team will set to bring Nola and Eflin through the ranks to the majors. Here's how Amaro answered:
While it's not out of the question that Eflin could earn a big-league look later this season, Amaro remains adamant that neither pitcher will be rushed.
"I think we're going to be conservative," he said.
That often does not sit well with fans who want to see the Phillies be aggressive with their prospects.
"They don't understand the game," Amaro said. "They don't understand the process. There's a process. And then they bitch and complain because we don't have a plan. There's a plan in place and we're sticking with the plan. We can't do what's best for the fan. We have to do what's best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That's the truth."