- Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax
- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
Phillies, Amaro agree to 4-year extension
Question of the Day
“For the last 2 1/2 years, my opinion is he’s done an outstanding job for the organization,” team president David Montgomery said. “I remember at the time we hired Ruben, my quote was I said, ‘I thought he had a situation where he had been excellently prepared for this opportunity’ and I think, in my judgment he’s exceeded the expectations we had for him at that time.”
The Phillies have the most wins in the National League (190-134) and second-best overall, behind only the New York Yankees (198-126), in Amaro’s first two seasons on the job. Amaro took over for soon-to-be Hall of Famer Pat Gillick after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.
He was entering the third and final year of his contract before Saturday’s extension.
Amaro has been known for his aggressiveness, trading for aces Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt in his first two years. He also signed free agents, including Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez and All-Stars Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez.
“I’m very happy for him _ it’s well-deserved,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who also received a contract extension this week.
Amaro, a former Phillies bat boy and the son of former Phillies player and employee Ruben Amaro, was hired by former general manager Ed Wade in 1998 and served as an assistant GM for 10 years. The younger Amaro also played parts of five seasons with the Phillies, including in 1993, when the team won the NL pennant.
“I’m 46 years old now, and I think I’ve been in Clearwater for like 35 springs, something like that,” Amaro said. “Since my dad was working in the front office and then as a coach, I think I visited at least 35 of my 46 years _ some crazy number like that. This is home for me. It’s pretty simple. And I’m fortunate to be able to work at home.”
By Richard Rahn
Treaty would let tyrants peer into Americans' financial information
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- Babson College, BYU win top spots in Money magazine's college rankings
- Iraqi Christians rally at White House: 'Obama, Obama, where are you?'
- Tennessee Gov. Haslam slams White House for secret dump of illegals in his state
- Romney would win popular vote in rematch against Obama: CNN poll
- White House defends Kerry failure to broker Middle East cease-fire
- D.C. plans to seek stay of order striking down ban on handguns in public
- Islamic State opens 'marriage bureau' for single jihadists
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq