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Stanford grad Amaro is let go as Phillies general manager

 

Ruben Amaro, Jr. won a College World Series while playing at Stanford but he couldn't get the Philadelphia Phillies back to one.

Thursday, Amaro, Jr. was relieved of his duties as the team's senior vice president and general manager.

Amaro had served in the position since November of 2008 after spending 10 years as the assistant GM.

He was a Phillie before he was a Cardinal, serving as the team's bat boy during Philadelphia's heyday of 1980-83. He came to Stanford soon after, playing for the 1987 CWS championship team, scoring the tying run in the title game, a 9-5 victory over Oklahoma State.

Amaro, Jr. was one of eight future professional baseball players from that team, a list that includes Jack McDowell, Al Osuna, Steve Chitren, Ed Sprague, Ron Witmeyer, Paul Carey and Brian Keyser. Current California coach David Esquer was also on the team.

Before winning the national title, Amaro said his biggest thrill was being in the dugout when Pete Rose caught a pop foul that catcher Bob Boone (a Stanford grad) had dropped during the sixth game of the 1980 World Series. Amaro was standing a few feet away.

"It's never an easy decision to make a change," Phillies incoming president Andy MacPhail said in the team's official release. "Ruben has had a direct impact on some of the best years in the team's history. He helped to create some great memories for Phillies fans with his accomplishments."

The Phillies were officially eliminated from the NL East division lead on Wednesday.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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