With Gillick and MacPhail, he oversaw the trades of Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere and Chase Utley. They’re a factor, as I said earlier… “If the fans didn’t buy tickets and the fans didn’t watch TV, no one in this room at this moment would have a job. The team said it will immediately begin the search for Amaro’s permanent replacement. “All of us in this room really exist because of fans,” he told reporters. Potential candidates in that mold include Los Angeles Angels assistant GM Matt Klentak, who was MacPhail’s director of baseball operations in Baltimore, and Kansas City Royals assistant GM J.J. ousted as Phillies general manager

The winds of change continued to sweep through the Phillies on Thursday afternoon as the team announced it will not renew the contract of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

“The conclusion I reached was that we needed a fresh perspective in the baseball operations department,” Andy MacPhail said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. “When I came in here, saw the record, saw that first four-game series against Milwaukee, I didn’t think this one was going to be as hard as it turned out to be. when you make a decision of this magnitude, you have to make it for a host of reasons, and there’s a lot of thought that goes into it, a lot of factors that have to be balanced and weighed, and that’s what Andy did… That was the basis for my decision.”

MacPhail, 62, was introduced as the Phillies next president on June 29. “As a group, we have tremendous respect for Ruben, who has been a significant contributor to this organization. “I think in fairness, it would be difficult to make the case that Ruben Amaro did not do good work while I was here. “I was certainly aware of them, and I was certainly unhappy with them, and I conveyed that directly to Ruben. That said… The new GM will be handpicked by MacPhail, who will succeed Pat Gillick as team president after this season.

MacPhail spoke on the dynamic that will be in place between himself and his GM of the future at this afternoon’s press conference: . He has spent the months since evaluating all facets of the organization to discern which way to best move forward. Picollo, a 44-year-old Cherry Hill native.

Amaro, 50, assumed the general manager’s role just days after the team won the 2008 World Series. I think this organization is going to bare the fruits of his labors for years to come based on what he did on that day. I think he really did. 2. We were certainly aware of the fans’ feeling, absolutely.”

“Ownership has made it clear… as general manager the right move for the Phillies?

“The Phillies ownership fully supports Andy’s decision not to extend Ruben Amaro’s contract,” Phillies part-owner John Middleton said. I have a responsibility to the franchise, the fans, ownership to do what I think is best and get this thing back to where it was as quickly as I can and efficiently as I can. there’s a lot of factors you have to consider, and that’s certainly part of the fan weight… But if I’m entrusted to create a baseball operations department that is going to compete and achieve success and sustain success over a long period of time, I felt that a change was required.”

Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock will serve as interim GM, effective immediately. I have to create a culture where they have fairly good autonomy. He previously worked for MacPhail in Baltimore as director of baseball administration.

“I have all the trust in the world in him,” MacPhail said of Proefrock.

MacPhail will have any number of candidates from whom to choose Amaro’s successor. They can’t be in short pants running back to the president every time they have to make a decision. With MacPhail in charge of baseball operations, he could opt to hire a young, up-and-comer as his No. I had a chance to watch him personally navigate through this past trade deadline. “Ruben has had a direct impact on some of the best years in the team’s history. He previously led the Minnesota Twins to two championships, in 1987 and 1991, and also served as president of the Chicago Cubs (1994-2006) and as president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles (2007-2011).

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Amaro’s past comments about fans played a part in the decision as well, Middleton said. He oversaw trips to the postseason the following three seasons, including a return to the World Series in 2009, but was also at the helm as the team with baseball’s best record in 2011 became the team with the worst record for most of this season.

Ruben Amaro Jr. They are critical to all sports organizations, including the Phillies, and what they think is important to us. He helped to create some great memories for Phillies fans with his accomplishments, but in order to return to a top-contending club, we believe this is the right thing to do as we continue the rebuilding process.”

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“It’s never an easy decision to make a change,” MacPhail said in a statement released by the team. The trades helped restock a once-depleted Phillies’ farm system.

Middleton was also present at Thursday’s press conference, and was asked how much influence fans had on the decision to not bring back Amaro. They should keep me apprised, but that is a balance that I’m going to have to strike.”

Proefrock has been a Phillies’ assistant GM since November 2008. that they certainly want me involved in baseball operations, so let’s face it, I’m not here because of any marketing acumen I have. This decision is about taking the club in a new direction, and that will be facilitated by new leadership.”

“This was a more difficult decision than I anticipated it was going to be,” MacPhail said. I’ve been in this role before, I’ve had GMs under me before… But again, I’m charged with a certain responsibility