Thursday, July 25, 2013

#43 Ruben Amaro

About the Front: Throwback alert! Ruben Amaro is wearing the Phillies' home uniform from 1946-1949. In recent years, the Phils have added an alternate uniform that is very similar in style and color to this one.

About the Back: Those seven home runs in 1992 would be a career high for Amaro. His big league career stretched through 1998, and in every subsequent year he hit either one homer or two.

Triple Play:

1. His father, Ruben Sr., was an infielder for the Phillies and three other teams from 1958 to 1969. He won a Gold Glove at shortstop in 1964. The Amaros are the only father-son duo to play for Philadelphia.

2. On September 26, 1992, he set personal bests with two triples and four RBI as part of a 3-for-5 performance in a 10-0 Phillies' rout of St. Louis.

3. Ruben graduated to the Phils' front office immediately after hanging up his spikes. He was an assistant general manager for the team for a decade before succeeding Pat Gillick as general manager, a post he's held since November 2008.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: For whatever reason, I always figured that Rube had made an easy out in this photo. I detected a grimace of frustration in his expression.

Bill James Said: "Good defensive outfielder and good base runner, but doesn't hit enough to be the kind of fourth outfielder/pinch hitter that managers like to have available."

On This Date in 1993: July 25. I think it's time for another Calvin and Hobbes strip.

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