Former Stanford Great Ruben Amaro, Jr. Named Phillies GM
Nov. 4, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. - Former Stanford baseball player Ruben Amaro, Jr., a member of the Cardinal's 1987 NCAA championship team, has been named senior vice president and general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Amaro, 43, signed a three-year contract to succeed Pat Gillick, who retired from the GM position following the World Series.
Amaro joined the Philadelphia front office as an assistant general manager in 1998, and since 2005 had helped Gillick build a Phillies team that has won consecutive National League East division title and the 2008 World Series.
Amaro becomes the fourth minority general manager currently working in Major League Baseball and the second current Hispanic GM. Prior to beginning his executive career with the Phillies, he played in 485 Major League games over parts of eight seasons with the California Angels, Phillies and Cleveland Indians from 1991-98.
A four-year letterwinner at Stanford, Amaro started 67 of Stanford's 70 games during the 1987 NCAA championship campaign. Primarily a leadoff hitter, he set career highs in '87 with a .344 batting average, 77 runs, 93 hits, 19 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 55 RBI and 38 stolen bases - a figure that is still tied for the third-best single-season total in school history.
Amaro's journey with the Phillies organization has been one from a storybook. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was a batboy for the Phillies from 1980-83 when his father, Ruben Sr., a former shortstop with the club, was the team's first base coach. 26 years later, he will lead the defending World Champion Phillies into 2009 Spring Training as the club's general manager.