Who is Ruben Amaro Jr.?
I asked myself this question when I first heard of his transition from GM to now first base and outfielders’ coach for our beloved Red Sox. He has been in the front offices for the past 17 years, and went to the 2009 World Series when he was the GM of the Philadelphia Phillies, a position he has served for the last 7 years. He was teammates with John Farrell in Cleveland in 1994 and figured that this opportunity wouldn’t come around very often and decided to give it a shot.
He had wanted to get back out on the field and be a coach for years now and after he was relieved of his duties in the Phillies front office, he jumped at the opportunity when Farrell reached out to him. It’s not very common for someone to go from playing, to being the assistant GM of that same organization (Philly), to the General Manager all the way back down to being a first base coach. I’m not saying it’s an unimportant job, because it is a lot more crucial than it looks. But coming from those front offices for 17 years just to take an assistant coaching job is kind of a step down.
However, for this Red Sox team, it is a huge addition to have that experience at first base. And to already have a solid idea as to who will be roaming the outfield for the Sox, it will make it that much easier for him to work with that group. He gets the game from almost every perspective possible in this game coming up from the minors to actually playing and working in the front offices for almost two decades.
According to an ESPN article by Gordon Edes, Farrell noted how Amaro still has high hopes to be a manager one day and said that will be another driving factor for him to excel in the eyes of front office executives around the league. Amaro is also planning on throwing Batting Practice for the Sox and will be able to utilize both arms as it noted he is ambidextrous.
For this team to get a guy like that is going to be huge in my eyes. It is never a bad thing to have more experience in the locker room and to have guys on the roster and on the staff who get it.
He knows what it takes to get to the World Series and guys on this team next year will also know what it takes and to have all that under a new GM? To put all that in the grand scheme of things, I really like the direction this team is going in already and this years’ World Series hasn’t even started yet.
(Btw pulling for the Royals here to get Johnny Cueto a ring then to come back to Boston and pitch on this staff.)
By Cole McNanna