THE OFF-SEASON BEGINS! The Phillies lost 99 games for the first time since 1969. They were
owners of baseball's worst record when the season ended last
Sunday. They finished with the second lowest attendance in the
National League, behind Miami, a city that should barely count as
a functional major league franchise. The Phillies drew 1,831,080,
falling below 2 million fans for the first time in 13 years. So, here's
what management needs to do during the off-season. First, hire
that new General Manager. Second, Assemble a coaching staff.
Third, begin to look at free agents. Fourth, the Phillies need to
begin to make strides to being fans back to the ballpark. It will
take more than the usual public relations efforts. The future can
be bright, but it's the decisions which are being made now that
will set the tone for 2016 and beyond.
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The Phillies have elected not to extend the contract of senior vice
president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Assistant GM
Scott Proefrock was named interim GM, effective immediately.
Amaro, 50, was named to his current position in November 2008
after serving as assistant GM for 10 years. As a Major League
player, he spent five of his final seven big league seasons
(1992-93, 1996-98) as an outfielder for the team. The Phillies
will immediately begin a search for Amaro's replacement, and
have indicated that they want some one with a more versatile
approach to the job.|
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