Thursday, September 10, 2015

1993 Fleer Ultra #83 Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Braves 8, Phillies 1
Game 140 - Wednesday Night, September 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 54-86, 5th Place, 24 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies went quietly into the night in the latest lopsided loss of the lost 2015 season, dropping this game to Julio Teheran and the Braves, 8-1.

What It Means:  With the Phillies loss and the Mets win, the Phillies were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

What Happened:  David Buchanan returned to the rotation and was absolutely crushed - 4 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks in 3 1/3 innings.  Ken Roberts and Nefi Ogando made their Phillies debuts out of the bullpen and both allowed a pair of Braves runs in their initial outings.

Featured Card:  I'm late in posting this game summary, which gives me the opportunity for a few brief comments on the departure of Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr.  Amaro was relieved of his duties today and the team's search for a new general manager will begin immediately.

Amaro's demise was ultimately brought on by his inability to field a winning team over the past three seasons.  Ironically enough, just like Ed Wade before him, if the Phillies go on to find success in the near-term, it will be the players Amaro drafted and recently traded for that will form the nucleus of the next wave of playoff caliber baseball in Philadelphia.

It was definitely time for Amaro to go though and I'm anxious to see what comes next.

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