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Philadelphia Phillies' Amaro to be Inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame

Nov. 15, 2011

CLEVELAND - The John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) is proud to announce that Philadelphia Phillies Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as Major League Baseball's representative on the evening of June 27, 2012.  The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual NACDA Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Amaro was named senior vice president & general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008, after 10 years as assistant GM. In his three years as GM, the Phillies have won three National League (NL) East division titles, one NL pennant and posted the best record in the National League at 292-194 (.601), trailing only the New York Yankees in all of baseball (295-191, .607).

Over the last two seasons (2010-11), Amaro has constructed a team that had the best regular season records (97-65 & 102-60, respectively) in the major leagues.  Prior to 2010, the Phillies had never posted the best record over the course of a major league season.

In his first year as GM, the Phillies won the National League pennant, making it to the seventh World Series in club history, and the team's 93 wins were the most in 16 years (97 wins in 1993).  Following the season, Ruben was named Executive of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association (PSWA) and the Phillies were honored as both the Team of the Year by the PSWA and Organization of the Year by Baseball America.

In his first two years on the job, Amaro acquired via trade and free agency four 20-game winners - Pedro Martinez, Cliff Lee (twice), Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt.  Three of the four - Martinez, Lee and Halladay - combined for six Cy Young Awards.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Amaro was a batboy for the Phillies from 1980-83 when his father, Ruben Sr., a former shortstop with the club, was first base coach. Amaro earned a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University and was a member of the 1987 NCAA Baseball Championship team.


 

 

Amaro was inducted into the All-American Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame in July 2008.  He is also a co-founder of the Richie Ashburn Foundation, which provides free baseball camps for 1,100 underprivileged children in the Delaware Valley and awards grants for area schools and colleges. In addition, he serves on the board for the Philadelphia chapter of the YMCA.

Previous MLB recipients include:
2010: Don Newcombe - Special Advisor to the Chairman for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2009: Bob Watson - MLB Vice President of On-Field Operations and the first African-American MLB general manager (Houston Astros)

2007: Bill White - First African-American MLB National League President

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.