From player to general manager to coach, Ruben Amaro, Jr. has experienced success across all levels of the game. The son of National Baseball Hall of Famer Ruben Amaro, and grandson of Mexican Baseball Hall of Famer Santos “Canguro” Amaro, the junior Amaro spent parts of eight seasons with the California Angels (1991), Phillies (1992 to 1993; 1996 to 1998) and Cleveland Indians (1994 to 1995) before immediately transitioning into a front office role with the Phillies.
As Assistant General Manager from 1999 to 2008, Amaro was an integral part of the building process that led to the Phillies World Series-winning team in 2008. Following the World Series win, Amaro, Jr. was named General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Phillies. The Phillies made it back to the World Series in 2009 and also won the National League East division in each of his first three years as GM.
Amaro served as GM through the 2015 season and under his control the Phillies were 573-539. Starting in 2016 Amaro transitioned away from a front office role to accept the first base coach’s job with the Boston Red Sox, his first professional coaching job. Amaro, Jr. grew up in the Rhawnhurst neighborhood of Philadelphia and played baseball collegiately at Stanford University,
where he won the College Baseball World Series in 1987 and also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in human biology. For his accomplishments as a Phillies executive, Amaro, Jr. was inducted into the All-American Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame in 2008, and he was also named Executive of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association in 2009.
Amaro, Jr. is also the co-founder of the Richie Ashburn Harry Kalas Foundation, an organization that provides baseball instruction for underprivileged youths.
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