Thursday, President-in-waiting Andy MacPhail announced that the Philadelphia Phillies have decided to move in a new direction at the General Manger post and elected not to extend GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s contract beyond this season. He has been dismissed effective immediately.
Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock has been appointed interim GM while the Phillies’ front office begins the search for Amaro’s replacement.
The Phillies are one of baseball’s worst teams at 54-86 and will not be playing in the postseason for the fourth straight year.
After the Phillies won the World Series in 2008, Amaro replaced Pat Gillick, who retired following that season and last season took over as team president. Before that, Amaro was an assistant GM for ten years.
“It’s never an easy decision to make a change,” MacPhail said in a statement. “Ruben has had a direct impact on some of the best years in the team’s history. He helped to create some great memories for Phillies fans with his accomplishments, but in order to return to a top-contending club, we believe this is the right thing to do as we continue the rebuilding process.”
The Phillies now join the pool of teams looking for a new general manager that includes American League teams in the Mariners, Red Sox, and Angels. They also will have to evaluate the market for a new manager. Whoever the new GM may be has their work cut out for them in the “City of Brotherly Love.”