By Sam Bush
The Phillies fired Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager after the 2015 season, the fourth straight under .500, and he has been in the weeds ever since:
First base coach for the Boston Red Sox, two seasons with the New York Mets.
Now, according to the Inky, he’s returning to Philly as an imparter of opinions on TV, on NBC Sports Philadelphia to take part in pre-game and post-game coverage of Phillies games:
Multiple Phillies sources indicated Sunday that Ruben Amaro Jr. is on the verge of accepting a job as a studio analyst with NBC Sports Philadelphia. The job would likely entail him working as a pregame and postgame analyst during the team’s telecasts.
The Phillies dismissed Amaro during the 2015 season after Amaro oversaw the trade deadline that saw pitcher Cole Hamels traded to the Texas Rangers. That coincided with the hiring of Andy MacPhail as the team’s new president. MacPhail praised Amaro’s work at the trade deadline, but ultimately hired Matt Klentak to chart the course ahead.
Amaro is the son of a Phillies player — Ruben Amaro Sr., the Gold-Glove-winning shortstop on the 1964 Phils — and he grew up in the Rhawnhurst section of town. He played baseball at Penn Charter, before heading on to Stanford and then playing for his hometown Phillies team.
But the lack of a rebuild seems to be fresh in Phillies fans’ minds. Will that stick? Maybe after getting to know him again on television, they’ll think differently.