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A.J. Burnett's plans changed, and perhaps the Phillies' will now, too.



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Ben and Sam discuss a cricket replay review controversy, a few of Ruben Amaro's regrettable moves, and the suspensions of Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz.

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Ben and Sam talk about whether it's ever fair to suspect that a player is taking PEDs, then discuss Ruben Amaro's comments about public prospect rankings.

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July 5, 2013 5:05 pm

Manufactured Runs: Ruben Amaro and the Ryan Howard Reality

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Colin Wyers

The Phillies can survive Ryan Howard's contract, but can they survive the GM who gave it to him?

Some baseball teams are disappointing by strange twists of fate. Some are disappointing by design. Not because they’re designed to perform poorly (although that happens, too), but because they’re given expectations contrary to reality, and when reality diverges from expectations, they continue to cling to the expectations.

The 2013 Phillies are a team modestly below .500. Given a preseason forecast of a basically .500 team, this shouldn’t be a terrible shock—baseball is a game filled with randomness, after all. But to view the Phillies as a real disappointment requires you to compare them to their run of excellence from 2007 through 2011, rather than the team they are now. General manager Ruben Amaro’s expectations, then, seem weirdly out of date, in more ways than one. When asked about the player who will most likely define Amaro’s career as a GM, he responded succinctly:

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