The Phillies and Reds conclude their series in less than two hours. In the meantime, a look at Ruben Amaro’s first notable mistake as GM.
When Ruben Amaro Jr. assured free agent Chan Ho Park of an opportunity to win a spot in the Phillies’ rotation, he put the team’s credibility at stake. The Phils reportedly wanted Park in the bullpen all along and had several good young pitchers, including J.A. Happ, lined up to compete. But if the 35-year-old outperformed the other candidates in spring training, the Phils would have no choice but to be men of their word and award him a spot in the rotation, despite years of well-documented failure in the role. Park pitched well, and with the team’s integrity at stake, was awarded the fifth starter job. It would prove to be Amaro’s first bungle as GM, making a promise he knew his team wasn’t completely willing to keep.
If Park wasn’t willing to accept the Phillies’ bullpen-only terms, the Phillies should have moved in a different direction. Park isn’t exactly a difference maker, and on the heels of a World Series win, the Phils shouldn’t have resorted to making concessions to a career mediocrity like Park.
Today’s lineup: Rollins, Utley, Ibanez, Howard, Stairs, Victorino, Dobbs, Ruiz. Game chat fires off shortly.