Ruben Amaro, Jr. Joins Mets Coaching Staff
When former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. was let go by the Phillies, he began to pursue a very different career path than the one he had been following. After spending 1998 through 2015 in the Phillies front office, Amaro set his sights on becoming a big league manager and began as first base coach for the Boston Red Sox. Two years later, Amaro is joining a team in the National League East.
According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, Amaro will become the first base coach of the New York Mets. In addition to first base duties, Amaro will serve as outfield and baserunning coach. Amaro will serve under new manager Mickey Callaway, who was also a candidate for the open Phillies job.
Amaro replaces Tom Goodwin, who served in that capacity under manager Terry Collins for the Mets. As is common with a managerial change, the new manager selects the coaching staff. Amaro and Goodwin almost swapped jobs; Goodwin ended up taking Amaro's former position in Boston, now under manager Alex Cora.
Amaro did not receive an interview for one of the open managerial positions in 2017, but remains hopeful to one day be a major league manager.
Amaro should see his former team plenty in 2018. The Phillies and Mets are set to play each other 19 times. Amaro will have plenty opportunities to itneract with Phillies fans.