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An interview with Ruben Amaro Jr.

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On Episode 372 of Hittin’ Season, we discuss his time as Phillies’ GM, his fascinating career arc, his plans for the future and analytics in baseball.

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It’s hard to argue that anyone in baseball has had a more diverse career than Ruben Amaro Jr.

He’s the son of a former player, Ruben Amaro Sr., had an eight-year big league career, was an assistant general manager for a world championship team, was the GM for another seven seasons, transitioned to the field level to become a first base coach, then went back to the front office as a senior adviser.

To say Amaro’s big league baseball life has been a wild ride is probably an understatement.

Which brings us to today. The next chapter in Amaro’s baseball life has not yet been written, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have thoughts about the game, where we are now and his tenure in Philadelphia.

On Episode 372 of Hittin’ Season, I interviewed Amaro on a range of topics, such as:

  • The chances of playing Major League Baseball amidst the coronavirus pandemic
  • His extremely interesting career arc
  • His desire to one day manage a big league team
  • The use of analytics in baseball (something he has been criticized for not utilizing quickly enough toward the end of his tenure)
  • Some moves as GM he’d like to have back
  • Moves and decisions of which he’s proudest

Click play below to hear the full interview!

Make sure to check out the podcast, as well as Episode 373, as we talk with D.B. Firstman, author of the book “Hall of Name: Baseball’s Most Magnificent Monikers.