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Amaro, Ruben

Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Amaro, the son of former major leaguer Ruben Amaro (who is not Jewish), has a Jewish mother. A terrific fielding outfielder who played all three outfield positions, he spent seven seasons in the majors compiling a .235 career batting average. He is currently the Assistant General Manager for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. February 12, 1965

Career Highlights:
The grandson of Santos Amaro, who played baseball in Mexico, and major leaguer Ruben Amaro, Amaro Jr. was a batboy for the world champion Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 (his father was a coach on the Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton team). He played in college at Stanford University and was a four-year letterwinner (1984-87); he helped the Cardinal win their first-ever NCAA Championship as a senior in 1987. That year, as the team's leadoff hitter, he led Stanford in runs (77), triples (6), and stolen bases (38).

After he graduated from Stanford, Amaro Jr. was selected by the California Angels in the 11th round of the 1987 MLB Draft. Four years later, he made his major league debut and played in ten games for the Angels during the 1991 season. The following year, Amaro Jr. played with the Philadelphia Phillies and had the best season of his career. Appearing in 126 games, he batted only .216, but had career highs in hits (82), home runs (seven), and RBIs (34). Ruben also had a stellar .992 fielding percentage in the outfield. He remained with the Phillies through the 1993 season, a campaign in which he batted .333 in 25 games.

Amaro Jr. then he played for the Cleveland Indians in 1994 and 1995 (one of his teammates in 1995 was bullpen catcher Jesse Levis) . In the 1995 postseason, Amaro played in three games in the ALCS, scoring one run, then appeared in two games in the 1995 World Series. He returned to the Phillies in 1996 and played through the 1998 season. He then retired, and is now in the Phillies front office.

Career Dates:
Amaro played for the California Angels in 1991, the Cleveland Indians in 1994-19945, and the Philadelphia Phillies, 1992-1993, and 1996-1997.

Outfield. Also played four games at second base, one game at first base, and DH'd on occasion.

Physical description:
5'10", 175 pounds
Throws right, bats both

Career Statistics:
Games: 485
Batting Avg.: .235
Slugging Avg.: n/a

At-bats: 927
Hits: 218
Doubles: 43
Triples: 9

Home Runs: 16
Home Run %:
Runs: 99
RBI: 100

BB: 88
Strike Outs: 128
Stolen Bases: 15

Pinch Hitting
At-bats: n/a
Hits: n/a

Fielding Statistics
Put-outs: 466
Assists: 17
Errors: 6
Double-plays: 4

Total Chances per Game: 1.4
Fielding Avg: .988

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The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An Illustrated Encyclopedia and Anecdotal History, by Peter S. Horvitz and Joachim Horvitz (New York: S.P.I. Books, 2001)