Quick question: who is the best general manager in the history of Philadelphia sports? Quick answer: Ruben Amaro. I don't even think it's close. While Pat Williams did an excellent job assembling talent during the Sixers' golden era of the late 70s and early 80s, I think Ruben has surpassed him.
I was going to list the great moves Ruben has done as if I was writing an essay, but I think it's pretty obvious to any Phillies fan. Of course, Gillick deserves credit for 2008. But does anyone doubt that Amaro was a key contributor to that success behind the scenes? Also, if all goes to plan, he is the architect of a potentially legendary rotation.
Sure, there have been pitfalls. But in atypical, Philly fashion, I'd rather focus on the positives. Amaro deserves the extension he received earlier today. Hopefully, he'll continue to make moves that will make this Phillies team dynastic.