How the mighty have fallen. A man who was once a champion has become the goat of an organizational collapse.
On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies announce Amaro will not return in 2016. New team president Andy MacPhail clearly wanted to start fresh with this Phillies team, and keeping Amaro around would preserve the demons of the 2011-2015 seasons.
Amaro oversaw the franchise as it won’t he 2008 World Series, finished second to the Yankees in 2009, and won over a hundred games in 2011. Amaro’s Phillies ended Philadelphia’s championship drought, and brought the city many memories towards the end of the last decade.
After five years of steady, yet significant decline, Phillies management has parted ways with the Stanford alumnus. With a new regime at the helm in MacPhail, a new manager possibly on the way next season, a new wave of talent filtering through the minor leagues, and a new bundle of money on the way from the new television deal, the Phillies are poised to plant the seeds to blossom another championship run.