Ruben Amaro is probably the most hated person within the Phillies organization. It can't be argued that he has not made mistakes. And failing to make the playoffs with the 3rd highest payroll in baseball for 2012 & 2013 doesn't do Ruben's reputation any favors.
However, though it all I firmly believe that Ruben would be the MOST loved GM in all of Phillies history, if not for the choke job in the 2010 & 2011 playoffs.
That's right.....pretty much Ruben's legacy comes down to:
1) The collective team hitting slump v. the SF Giants in the 2010 playoffs; and
2) Cliff Lee coughing up a 4 run lead to STL in the 2011 playoffs.
Nothing more, nothing less. We can talk about this move or that.....but it all comes down to not getting to the W.S. with the best team on paper in 2010 & 2011.