Phillies’ GM: Critical Fans ‘Don’t Understand The Game’

Many Philadelphia Phillies fans have been critical of the team’s general manger in recent years. The team’s poor play on the field and reluctance to adopt analytics as much as the other 29 teams has culminated in a firestorm around the Phillies’ front office.

After years of success from 2007-2011, the Phillies have not had a winning record in three seasons. Since 2012, Philadelphia is 246-287, including 19-28 this season.

A beacon of hope for fans is the success of a couple of the team’s top pitching prospects. Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin are dominating at Double-A Reading. However, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is sticking with the long-term approach and will not rush his prospects to the Majors. He also has a message for those who think differently.

“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro told CSNPhilly.com. “They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they bitch and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan. We can’t do what’s best for the fan. We have to do what’s best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That’s the truth.”


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