Rumors have begun to swirl that the Philadelphia Phillies are looking at Ruben Amaro Jr. as their next manager. If the front office decides to bring him on board that would be a huge mistake for just about everyone involved. There are other options out there to consider but Amaro should not even be on the Phillies list. Hiring him as the next manager would be a huge mistake for this franchise.
The first reason why this hire would be bad for the franchise is the fact that Amaro was already the General Manager of this team for seven years and it did not end smoothly. Amaro focused on signing aged veterans, who were a part of the 2008 World Series team and did not concentrate on the team’s future. Contracts given to Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, and Roy Halladay all ended in dismay as these players finished their careers with major injuries. The long term deal given to Howard was a huge mistake as Amaro over payed for him and the contract left the franchise in a state of flux for the last three years of the deal. His choices of free agent signings busted the bank for the ownership which severely damaged the future of this organization.
Though Ruben is currently the first base manager for the Red Sox, he does not have any full managerial experience under his belt. This team has under performed the past few years and hiring a candidate without any experience would fully hinder the progression this team needs in order to succeed. Hiring a man to mold and shape the young players of this franchise is vital considering the fact the Phillies consist primarily of young talent who are still maturing at the major league level. This organization desperately needs to hire a manager who has done that process before.
Also there are other candidates available that would be a better fit for this organization. They would not have to even look far as there is a candidate who managed just feet way from Amaro’s first base position whom would be perfect for the Phillies. The Red Sox just fired John Farrell, who had a very successful tenure with Boston. He managed them to the World Series title in 2013 and lead them to back to back playoff appearances. His experience managing in a huge city with high expectations would fit great in the city of Philadelphia who are desperate for some meaningful baseball.
This organization has not seen playoff baseball since 2012 and if they do indeed hire Ruben Amaro as their next manager that futility streak will continue. Lack of experience and execution will hinder the chances of Amaro succeeding in this position and that is the complete opposite of what this franchise needs. The front office should be intelligent enough to hire another candidate for the future of this franchise. This fan base desperately needs something to cheer for and an experienced candidate ready to lead this team back to their winning ways is a great start.