If Ruben Amaro had any Phillies fans defending him, they just jumped overboard.

It's been a longtime wish of most Phillies fans in wanting to see the youth movement towards the future at the big league level.

In a piece with CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury, the long tenured Phillies general manager doubled down on Phillies fans when hard pressed about the criticism he's been receiving. With Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin dominating at the double-A level, fans are growing tiresome with Jerome Williams and Sean O"Sullivan going through their motions.

Amaro has also been criticized for not only his baseball transactions, but with the arrogance and pompous attitude displayed by him during those transactions.

It's no surprise that arrogance and pompous attitude translated on paper through Salisbury:

While it’s not out of the question that Eflin could earn a big-league look later this season, Amaro remains adamant that neither pitcher will be rushed.

“I think we’re going to be conservative,” he said.

That often does not sit well with fans who want to see the Phillies be aggressive with their prospects.

“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. “They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they bitch and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan. We can’t do what’s best for the fan. We have to do what’s best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That’s the truth.”

It's never good to alienate a fan base, paying customers, and insult their knowledge of the game.

This isn't 1975 anymore and fans nowadays have access to a computer with statistical software that make them much more knowledgeable than fans decades ago.

This is in addition to the resume/CV Amaro possesses with failed trades, overpaid contract extensions and the organizational yo-yoing of prospects.

Amaro has done his best in spin control this afternoon, but that wont stop fans from doing cannonballs and distancing themselves from the gift that keeps on giving: Ruben Amaro, Jr.

 --PG