November 21 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover:
“The man charged with keeping the Phillies among baseball’s elite obviously loves his job.
That, but not much else, came through last week at the general manager meetings in the shadow of Disney World. Ruben Amaro Jr. said he was fond of the GM meetings because it was a chance to informally toss around ideas with his peers without the influence of his assistants and the Phillies’ other decision-makers. He deeply respects the other opinions, but he enjoys the unfiltered conversations with his fellow GMs.
Ultimately, of course, it will be Amaro’s final decisions that shape the 2011 Phillies and determine his own worth in perhaps the most vital role of any baseball organization.
Former Phillies GM Pat Gillick performed the job so well for 27 years with four different teams that he won three World Series and is awaiting a vote to see if he is going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Amaro’s body of work is too small to make any sweeping judgments, but we can look at his scorecard as he prepares to embark on another off-season of trades and free-agent signings.
While it’s true Amaro adopted a World Series champion from Gillick and has had the highest payrolls in franchise history in his first two years, the good moves have outweighed the bad so far for the Phillies‘ 45-year-old GM.”
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