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The Phillies announced Thursday that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is out at the team?s general manager effective immediately.

Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock will serve in an interim basis for the remainder of the season. The team will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. to announce the move.

With his contract expiring at season's end, the decision not to retain Amaro fell to incoming team president Andy MacPhail.

“It’s never an easy decision to make a change,” MacPhail said in a press release. “Ruben has had a direct impact on some of the best years in the team’s history. He helped to create some great memories for Phillies fans with his accomplishments, but in order to return to a top-contending club, we believe this is the right thing to do as we continue the rebuilding process.”

“The Phillies ownership fully supports Andy’s decision not to extend Ruben Amaro’s contract,” ownership partner John Middleton said in a release. “As a group, we have tremendous respect for Ruben, who has been a significant contributor to this organization. This decision is about taking the club in a new direction and that will be facilitated by new leadership.”
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That's probably not a requirement, although John Middleton, the Phillies' principal owner, is an Amherst graduate and member of its Board of Trustees.

I did not know that. Maybe he will try to poach Duquette. You think Dan would work for Andy?

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