Former Phillies shortstop, scout and first base coach Ruben Amaro Sr. died Friday at 81, just one week after the passing of former Phillies manager Dallas Green.
Amaro, the father of former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., was with the Phillies from 1960 to 1965, winning a Gold Glove in 1964. He rejoined the organization in 1972 and became the Phillies' first full-time Caribbean scout. He was their Latin American coordinator from 1974-80 and then served as the first base coach for Green's teams in 1980 and 1981.
As the head of Latin operations, Amaro Sr. was instrumental in the Phillies' signings of Juan Samuel, Julio Franco and George Bell.
His fingerprints were all over the organization.
"As a young fan in the early 1960s, I had the privilege of watching the amazing grace of Ruben Amaro Sr. as he played shortstop for the Phillies. Ten years later, Ruben was my professional colleague at the Phillies," Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement.
"He was a joy to be around because he treated people with the same special grace he exhibited fielding a ground ball."
Amaro Sr., a member of both the Mexico and Cuba Baseball Halls of Fame, is survived by his wife Lilia, his five children and seven grandchildren.
On this special edition of At The Yard, Jim Salisbury chats with Sean Kane and Brian Brennan, the makers of "World Champions: The Story of the '08 Phillies." They discuss how the documentary was put together, deciding which parts to keep and take out and their overall memories from that magical season.
1:30 - How did this documentary get started?
4:00 - Difficult decisions made producing the documentary.
7:30 - Favorite interviews conducted.
14:00 - Chase Utley's parade speech.
20:00 - Importance of the 2007 season leading up to 2008.
26:00 - Final out of the World Series.
30:30 - Favorite stories.
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Updated: 10 p.m.
No Manny Machado for the Phillies ... this time.
The Dodgers beat the Phillies' offer — at least in the eyes of the Orioles, which is all that matters. L.A. on Wednesday traded top prospect Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera to Baltimore for Machado, a free agent at season's end.
Diaz is a 21-year-old right-handed outfielder with power and plate selection the Dodgers signed out of Cuba for $15.5 million in 2015.
The Phillies went after the former Orioles superstar aggressively and were willing to part with well-regarded prospects including right-hander Adonis Medina, but in the end, the win-now Dodgers were more willing to overpay for the best available player.
This does not, however, close the book on Machado eventually signing a long-term contract with the Phillies. Corey Seager is the Dodgers' franchise shortstop. He's out for the season with an elbow injury, which is why L.A. made this move. It makes sense for the Dodgers to overpay, it makes sense for them to go all-in given their sky-high payroll, with where they are in their window of contention and with how last October went.
We know that Machado wants to play shortstop. It's a big deal to him and it's where he feels most comfortable. He said this week in D.C. that money isn't the only factor for him this winter, that happiness is most important. If he gets similar offers and one of the teams is willing to let him play shortstop, that could make all the difference.
The Phillies will still pursue Machado this winter. Right now, however, their focus will shift to other available players on the trade market. There are still some nice players out there who could boost the left side of the Phillies' infield, their rotation or bullpen.
Check out the Phils' other options here. The Blue Jays, Royals, and even the Orioles still match up well in a trade.
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