Philadelphia Daily News - February 19, 1980

Bill Fleischman’s SportsPeople (excerpt)

 

Phillies’ Preview

 

The first prediction on the Phillies' finish is in, thanks to good friend Peter Gammons of the Boston Globe.

 

Gammons, who must spend every waking hour thinking baseball, previewed the National League East recently. Among his capsule observations on the 1980 Phillies were:

 

•  Infield: "Few, if any better. Depth big problem, with only Bod Harrelson around."

 

•  Spring training keys: "(Dick) Ruthven's health, bullpen, rightfield, infield depth."

 

 

•  Outlook: "A flop last year, but should be back in it, and Dallas Green will push them (if some player doesn’t shoot him first). Pitching is vulnerable, and age is showing; everyone in the starting lineup will be 30 by September."

Phils Name Amaro Coach

 

Ruben Amaro, a veteran shortstop of four major league teams and 11 seasons, will replace Tony Taylor as the Phillies 1980 first base coach, manager Dallas Green said today.

 

Amaro, 44, the Phillies' coordinator of Latin American Scouting for the last six years, will join Billy DeMars, Bobby Wine, Lee Elia, Mike Ryan and pitching coach Herm Starrette.

 

"I am very happy that Ruben has accepted our offer to work with the major league club. He is an excellent baseball man and will be  a welcome addition to my coaching staff," said Green.

 

TAYLOR, one of the most popular players in Phillies' history, was recently named a roving minor league infield instructor for the Phillies.

 

 

A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Amaro was first signed by the St Louis Cardinals. Later, he played for the Phillies, Yankees and California Angels. His best major league season was 1964, when he batted .264 in 129 games. He retired after the 1969 season.