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Meet the Amarons

No, no, I kid, I kid. Most of these seem like solid picks, a good mix of continuity with the immediate glorious past and fresh blood to guard against stasis. Todd Zolecki has the details:

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has his men in place for the future.

From the Phillies:

Benny Looper is a new assistant general manager in charge of player personnel. Looper will oversee the scouting and player development areas. Looper, 60, had spent the previous 23 years with the Seattle Mariners in various capacities at the major and minor league levels, including most recently vice president of player personnel (2006-08), VP of player development & scouting (2003-06) and VP of player development (2002-03). Looper spent five seasons as a player in the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league system. He is the uncle of major league pitcher Braden Looper.

Chuck LaMar was promoted to assistant general manager, player development & scouting. While his main duty will be to manage the player development department, he will also cross-check at the amateur and professional levels. LaMar, 52, joined the Phillies in October of 2007 and spent the past year as the director of professional scouting. Prior to joining the Phillies, LaMar spent a year with the Washington Nationals as special assistant to the general manager and national cross-checker (2007) and 10 years as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays (1995-2006).

Mike Ondo has been promoted to pro scouting coordinator. Since joining the Phillies in 1998, Ondo, 33, has worked in the Baseball Operations department, primarily in scouting & player development. He spent the last two years as assistant director, minor leagues, while also assisting the major league coaching staff on scouting reports and statistical analysis.

Dallas Green (senior advisor to the GM), Charley Kerfeld (special assistant to the GM), Gordon Lakey (director, major league scouting), Steve Noworyta (director, minor league operations) and Marti Wolever (director, scouting) are all remaining with the organization.

As previously announced, former GM Pat Gillick will also remain with the club as an advisor to Amaro and club president David Montgomery.

The feared exodus of Mike Arbuckle loyalists seems to have been checked, though I guess it's possible that a herd of scouts might be lining up at the door. But LaMar and Looper presumably have their own networks to draw upon for replacements; I'm pretty optimistic that the Phillies won't see their system plunge as a result of brain drain, as happened more than a quarter-century ago when Dallas Green led a small army of baseball men from Philadelphia to Chicago.