Given the fact that the organization as a whole has been on a sharp decline for the past three seasons, Phillies president David Montgomery has to be joining, if not surpassing Ruben Amaro Jr. in terms of where the blame for the struggles should be focused. There’s little doubt that the General Manager has made enough questionable (putting it lightly) decisions to where he is 100% deserving of the public disapproval he currently receives. That being said, the head of the organization who continues to keep an employee doing a less-than-satisfactory job is just as condemnable as Amaro Jr. currently is.
Tuesday, according to Phillies.com writer Todd Zolecki, Montgomery once again delivered the type of vote-of-confidence for Ruben that will only continue to bring negativity upon him.
“Ruben is not on the hot seat,” he told a large group of Phillies fans during a question-and-answer session.
One has to wonder what it will take for the Phillies front office to realize how poor of a product they have become. Attendance numbers continue to plummet, television ratings are on the decline, and there appears to be no end in sight as far as returning to viable contention. It would be inexcusable at this point to keep Amaro Jr. in charge of the awful team the Phillies have become. If he’s still calling the shots this winter, Montgomery will quickly join his general manager as Public Enemies 1 and 1A for the Philadelphia fanbase.