The same day Philadelphia Phillies reportedly hired Matt Klentak as their new general manager, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox will hire former Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro Jr. as their first base coach.
It appears former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr will become Red Sox first base coach.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) October 24, 2015
Amaro was fired as the GM of the Phillies in September after failing to construct a competitive roster on the field that could preform above a .500 record for the past four seasons. Amaro was part of eight big league seasons but after compiling a slash line of .235/.310/.353 he decided to hangup his spikes for good in 1998 and trade his jersey in for a suit and tie.
After his playing career Amaro immediately became a staple in the Phillies front office, signing on as their assistant GM up until he took over for Pat Gillick following the 2008 Championship season. Following his firing from the front office, agent Bob Lamonte tired to remake Amaro’s image from GM to manager. That has worked out in the favor of the 50-year old Stanford graduate who appears to be well on his way to reshaping his image.
However, as we witnessed with Dan Jennings and the Marlins in 2015, the transition from general manager to a coach can be less than smooth. Arnie Beyeler, Amaro’s predecessor, helped the Red Sox to their Championship season in 2013 but did not have his contract renewed following this season.
It looks like the City of Brotherly Love is in good hands with youngster Matt Klentak at the helm, as for the Boys of Boston, Amaro couldn’t possibly be any worse coaching first base than he was at GM, right? Time will tell.