Gillick Says Amaro’s Job Is Safe

Interim Phillies president doesn't anticipate big changes at the top.

Feels like old times:

Pat Gillick, the former Phillies GM now serving as the team’s interim president, says current GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is safe in his job — even though fans are calling for his head.

The Daily News reports:

Gillick said both Amaro and [Manager Ryne Sandberg] were safe on Tuesday.

“Absolutely,” Gillick said.

Why so?

“Well, let me say this, one of the more difficult things to do in professional sports, and not only baseball but all sports, is to be patient,” Gillick said. “It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult for the fans to be patient, it’s difficult for the media to be patient, it’s difficult for ownership to be patient. But sometimes when you get challenges, and the challenges are we haven’t played well in the last 2-3 years. These are basically the same people that made the decisions when we won 5 division championships from 2007 through 2011. These are the same people making the decisions. So, all of a sudden, Ryne wasn’t here, but Ruben was here. All of a sudden he didn’t get dumb overnight. It’s just right now, we’re in a situation where we know where we’re headed and it’s going to take some time to get us where we want to go.”

2008 seems like a long time ago.

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