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Is Ruben Amaro, Jr. the worst GM in Phillies’ history?

August 27th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Is Ruben Amaro, Jr. the worst GM in Phillies’ history? | Filed in Baseball, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Perhaps So.



Amaro took over for his predecessor, Pat Gillick, in 2009 following Gillick’s retirement from baseball after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008. Gillick was here for three years, from 2006-08, taking the team to the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons in 2007. The year before, in his first season here, the team came within just three games of a playoff spot; after winning 85 in the regular season (the Dodgers were the NL wild-card representative that year with 88 wins). And following the former accomplishment, Gillick took the team all the way; a feat that hadn’t been done by a GM in Philly in 28 years.

Gillick did a good job in his role, keeping the core group of talented players on the team and adding key bench players to make the team even better, especially in close games (e.g. Matt Stairs, Geoff Jenkins). Although Wade set the tone for the future Phillies’ success with his strong draft picks, Gillick kept those star draft picks around, but did more to compete. He did this, unlike Wade, by adding complementary players (see above), not overpaying for free-agent talent, and making the necessary trades to fill holes.

Amaro, Jr. was primed to be Gillick’s successor, and ultimately did so a month after the ’08 World Series concluded. Dissecting Amaro, Jr’s general-manager career, the secret is out; he’s not a good one, to say the least. Most fans have complained about his frequent impatience and constant flurry of trades of minor-league talent/highly-touted prospects.

(Matt Rourke/AP Photo)


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How I would fix the Phillies if I were GM

July 3rd, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on How I would fix the Phillies if I were GM | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


As the losing commences, let the fire sale begin.

The Phillies are in a logjam this season, to say the least. They own baseball’s third-highest payroll at $180 million, behind the Dodgers’ $235 million and the Yankees’ $203, and yet they’re on pace at the halfway mark for just 72 victories. The only reason they were even close to being a contender in the NL East in June was due to the pitiful nature of the division this year. Prior to sweeping Philadelphia in a four-game series from June 27th-29th, division-leading Atlanta had a win-loss record of only 40-38. Now Atlanta’s pulled away from the last-place Phillies, who are 38-51 and 11 games back of first-place Atlanta (49-40). The Phillies have now lost nine out of their last 11 games, dating back to June 27th.

Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. has run the team down the sewage pipe. Pat Gillick constructed a championship-caliber team a half-decade ago as Amaro’s predecessor, and yet Gillick’s successor — who took over for him in 2009 — tore the team’s inner talent apart. Amaro did this by keeping around over the hill players, players past their peak/prime, overpaying for talent, and much more; mainly the first part. Amaro’s line of thinking= I’ll keep around the lovable, talented five-years ago type of players, even if they’re 30+ and/or with serious physical ailments.

E.g. Ryan Howard, first off, by paying him $125 million over five years. Howard in his prime perhaps was worth that amount of cash, but not when he was on the downside of his career and over 30-years old, at 32, to boot. Yes, you can make the point that, for the most part, it all evens out, as Howard was only making $355k in ’06 when he hit 58 home runs and won league MVP, but he’s way overpaid now. Since that MVP season, Howard’s broken (later broken again by multiple players) the single-season record for strikeouts too at 199 in 2007.

In his career, per 162 games, he’s averaged 193 strikeouts. He’s also averaged 42 home runs and 131 RBIs/year as well. But regardless of Howard’s past accomplishments, facts are facts. The Phillies’ management, in order to have a lower payroll and acquire free-agency talent, should have taken advantage of Howard; sports are a business, for both sides.


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Why Charles Barkley should be a future NBA GM

June 25th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why Charles Barkley should be a future NBA GM | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

(H. Rumph Jr/AP Photo)

Sir Charles Barkley paid a visit and made his way onto the Philly-Sports-Talk set yesterday afternoon to discuss any and all things sports, specifically the 76ers. Within that visit and the panel’s conversations, he brought up and discussed further the aspect of becoming an NBA general manager, especially at this time of the year in the off-season, with the Draft Lottery, Draft, free-agency period, and so forth taking place for GMs. He made it be known as well that he would love to seriously someday be an NBA GM, for the right team, at the right time in his career/life; possibly for the 76ers or Suns (two of his former teams). So let’s go through the motions: who, what, when, where, why, and how. That is, pertaining to Barkley becoming an NBA GM, specifically for the 76ers in the future after Sam Hinkie’s tenure here ends.

Who- Sir Charles
What- The title of being an NBA general manager
When- Realistically, I could foresee him delving into being a GM as soon as three-four years from now; given the timing and job is right for him Where– Potentially, hopefully, and realistically in Philadelphia; where it all started for him. Or in any of the other 29 NBA cities; Phoenix realistically as well Why- Because of his knowledge, experience, and love for the game; because he’d be the right man for the job considering all of that
How- Either in Philadelphia if Sam Hinkie abruptly is fired/retires/re-signs, or elsewhere when a GM vacancy opens up, as soon as this upcoming season (more…)

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Flyers promote assistant GM Ron Hextall to GM, promote Paul Holmgren from GM to President

May 8th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Flyers promote assistant GM Ron Hextall to GM, promote Paul Holmgren from GM to President | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

It’s official: Ron Hextall is the newest Flyers’ GM.

(Matt Slocum/AP)

(Left to right: Holmgren, Ed Snider, and Hextall)

He replaces Paul Holmgren, who was the team’s GM from 2006 until today; following former-GM Bob Clarke’s resignation as GM in October of 2006. Holmgren as general manager took the team from cellar-dweller status to a playoff team and contender. A year after Paul began as Clarke’s successor, he took the team from the worst team in the league statistically in 2006-07 to not only a playoff team but the conference finals in 2008. Two years later, he took the team to the Cup Finals vs. Chicago, before bowing in six games; the club’s first Finals appearance in 13 years.

In six out of the seven full seasons as GM, Holmgren took the team to the postseason; the lone season in which they missed the playoffs under his guidance came two years ago in the lockout-shortened season. Under Holmgren, Philadelphia won one division championship (2010-11), one conference championship, and he took the team to two conference finals.

Hextall expressed his enthusiasm, passion, and readiness to be an NHL GM someday, when his playing days concluded 15 years ago, as well as his appreciation for the people he worked for and under since then.


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Why Paul Holmgren is a bad GM and needs to go

December 2nd, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why Paul Holmgren is a bad GM and needs to go | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren needs to be axed, and fast, to say the least.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s made some excellent moves as GM of the team; a role in which he took over in late October of 2006, for his predecessor and former teammate Bobby Clarke. But his bad, yet bonehead moves have outweighed his good moves, and by a long stretch. I think most fellow Flyers’ fans (and/or writers) would agree with me on this, based off of written protests, statements and insults towards him.

Since his first full season as GM in 2007, the team has made the playoffs all but one year, winning a division title in 2011, and making the Stanley Cup Finals and coming up only two wins short of a Stanley Cup Championship in 2010, the year prior. He’s shown to be a very trade-happy manager, which can work in a team’s advantage, and against them as well just as much.

Holmgren brought in the eccentric netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, via a trade from Phoenix, in June of 2011. The team subsequently signed him to a big nine-year, $51 million dollar contract deal soon after they acquired his rights.

Speaking of trades, in order to acquire Bryzgalov, he made perhaps the two biggest trades of his career as GM, in trading star captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round draft pick. Additionally, that same day (June 23rd) the team sent sniper Jeff Carter packing to Columbus, in exchange for Jakub Voracek, and two draft picks: a first and third round pick in 2011.


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What I would do and how I would fix the Phillies this off-season if I were GM

October 8th, 2013 by Kyle Lutz | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


The Phillies got off to a sub-par 12-15 start this past year in April and never looked back…….to playing well that is. Part of their lack of success can be blamed on current Phillies’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr., part of it you can blame on the players and part on injuries sustained or that were nagging early on for the team. Regardless of who you blame, and how much, many fans lashed out continuously at Amaro (this year especially, but in year’s past as well) over his moves, and mishandling of the roster.

Here’s the lineup of moves I would make if I were the team’s GM, in no particular order. I’ll first break down what went wrong last year, before I continue into what I’d do for next year.

01. Trade Jimmy Rollins and make Cesar Hernandez the starting shortstop
02. Pursue Masahiro Tanaka, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, among others
03. Sign Brian McCann or re-sign Carlos Ruiz to a 2-year deal
04. Promote starting pitcher Jesse Biddle
05. Promote 3rd baseman Maikel Franco from AA Reading and platoon him with Cody Asche for the start at 3rd
06. Sign one of these free-agent outfielders: Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran or Nelson Cruz

Amaro aside, before I delve into what I’d do as GM, let’s break down the roster, the statistics, and analyze why the team did so poorly this year: 73-89 to be exact, before we go any further.

Injuries First off, the team had an enormous amount of injuries this year: some that were continuous from the past couple of years (like Chase Utley and Ryan Howard) and some that occurred in the midst of this past season. Below is a list of all the Phillies’ injuries this year, the injury itself and the players that missed time because of it, their games played out of the 162 game season are in parenthesis next to it.


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