Red Sox: Time for an exodus of manager John Farrell
By Rick McNair
Let the GM do it
For seven seasons Ruben Amaro, Jr. was the general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies before suffering the fate of most GM’s – getting fired. Amaro was an assistant GM for ten seasons before assuming the GM role and was part of the management mix that captured a World Series in 2008.
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Amaro signed on as a coach for the Red Sox in 2015 – a position he still holds. Amaro has a nice baseball pedigree as his father, Ruben, Sr., played for 11 seasons to his son’s eight years in the majors. Those eight seasons were interesting in that Amaro was traded or released several times so he is intricately familiar with how volatile baseball can be for a borderline player.
The downside is Amaro has never managed and his record as GM of the Phillies was a disaster with the signing aging veterans and questionable trades. But that seems to be a tradition with the Phillies and Clay Buchholz says it all.
Amaro is a front office and baseball ops guy and not a manager. Expect Amaro to stay as a coach until a position opens up in another system or Boston. So far Amaro has been bypassed with the Boston front office shuffle.