With the Phillies eight games below .500 and lacking consistent play, it appears that a Phillies rebuild is in the team's immediate future. Fans have expressed concern over the rebuild coming at the hands of current General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., and The Sporting News rated Amaro the worst general manager in baseball. Yet, it appears that Amaro's job is safe, based on comments from his boss, Phillies President David Montgomery.
Montgomery told the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb that Amaro was a great part of the Phillies' success and essentially stated there was no real need for a change of leadership.
"I just believe that group of people gave us the successful period we had," Montgomery said earlier this week. "They had different roles in it. I know people focus on Ruben's role having changed vis-a-vis 2009 vs. 2008. But I talked to Pat Gillick about our club this morning. Pat Gillick sat in that entire draft. It's not like we're not benefiting from the thinking of the same people we had before. That's why you have to look at whole body of work. Have we been served well? My answer to that is yes."
Amaro became Assistant General Manager under Ed Wade at the conclusion of his playing career in 1998 and continued in that role when Pat Gillick took control of the club prior to the 2006 season.