In case you didn’t hear the news, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was on the list of potential candidates to replace Bud Selig as the commissioner of Major League Baseball. He also topped the Sporting News’s list of the worst GM’s in baseball. Actually, he finished dead list on their list of best GM’s. Same difference.
Obviously, this tongue-firmly-in-cheek news items comes from Page Six of the New York Post, which also includes Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and conservative “get off my lawn” guy George W. Will.
The odds of Phillies fans being relieved of the albatross that has overseen their downward decline over the last five years are not good. If you had any remaining hope about Amaro being taken away by the MLB, here’s was the Sporting News had to say about him:
Amaro took over for Pat Gillick right after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, and since then, it has been a direct downhill run. Philadelphia lost the World Series in 2009, lost the NLCS in 2010, lost in the first round in 2011, missed the playoffs in 2012, and fell under .500 in 2013. The next stop could well be last place, but even if the Phillies manage to avoid the cellar, Amaro’s attempts to build a team as if it is still 2008 have been baffling. After a year in which the Phillies were too old and broke down physically, Amaro actually made them older in the offseason. You almost have to double check that Tony Gwynn and John Mayberry are not actually their fathers.