'Ruben Amaro' to become measuring stick for refusal to accept modern GM model
Craig Calcaterra was commenting on MLB.com's Richard Justice piece on the plausibility of Billy Beane entering the Hall of Fame, and in doing so, evoked the name of the Phillies' general manager:
"[Justice] notes Beane's role as a transformative figure and how, despite the fact that every GM this side of Ruben Amaro has followed Beane's approach — and despite the fact most of them have more money to work with than he does — Beane's A's still compete and even thrive."
At one point, 'Ruben Amaro' was an outfielder for the 1993 Phillies. Then, 'Ruben Amaro' became the understudy to the great Pat Gillcik, eventually evolving into the general manager himself. Now, 'Ruben Amaro' is a phrase used to describe the line in the sand between progressive, forward-thinking, statistic-friendly general managing, and the dark world of pretending what you have is enough because you have it already.
Inevitable, some might say. Amaro is one of the last to cross over, and many have predicted that he may lose his job after or during this season, should the Marlon Byrd signing somehow not vault the Phillies into divisional contention. But is it an 'Amaro' thing, or an organizational thing? If they fire Amaro, who takes his place? Isn't Ed Wade around somewhere, just waiting for his chance?